Dancers

 
Akshata Joshi
Akshata graduated from the Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2012.
As part of the Diploma programme Akshata took classes in Classical Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam, Flying Low andrelease techniques. She has trained in Bharatnatyam for ten years, in both the Kalakshetra and Vazzhuvoar styles. Prior to joining Attakkalari Akshata was part of a cinematic dance group in Bangalore. Akshata is currently a junior dancer in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows around India.
Anindita Ghosh
Anindita graduated with a distinction from the Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2011.
As part of the Diploma programme Anindita took classes in Classical Ballet, pilates, Jazz, Contact Improvisation, Light Design, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam and Contemporary Dance. She has trained in classical Kathak for twelve years and is an avid Yoga practitioner. She has been awarded the National Yoga Championship six times. Anindita is currently a junior dancer in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows around India.
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan is a graduate of Attakkalari's intensive six month course in performance, pedagogy and choreography called Talent Academy.
As a part of the course, he has received training in Classical ballet, Kalaripayattu, Yoga, Chhau, Release technique and different genres of contemporary movement techniques. Before joining the Talent Academy, Chetan has more than 11 years of traning in Kathak (Lucknow Gharana) from the Nritya Sangeetha Natraj Kala Kendra, New Delhi, under Guru Barun Banerjee. He has been awarded the Government National Scholarship for Kathak dance for coming in top Classical dancers under 18 group by Centre for cultural resources and training. He has won many other awards on the national level while representing his college, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in dance competitions. Chetan is currently a junior dancer in training in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows around India.
Fawas Ameer Hamsa
Fawas graduated from the Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media programme in 2014.
Over the period of the programme, he has received training in Classical Ballet, Kalaripayittu, Bharatanatyam, contact improvisation, Martha Graham technique and different genres of contemporary movement. He then went on to graduate from an intensive six month course in performance, pedagogy and choreography called Talent Academy. Prior to joining the diploma programme, Fawas was a part of the Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre as an actor, specialising in mime. Here he received training in various tribal, traditional and folk dance forms. Fawas has worked as a dance/movement trainer at several schools and colleges in Kerala and also has experienced the medium of film as an actor and choreographer.
Hemabharathy Palani
As a dancer, Hemabharathy has a unique movement style, naturally evolved by blending the distilled vocabularies of classical Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi with the freedom of Contemporary dance.
She has trained in these dance forms for 13 years and has performed extensively. Now, the rehearsal director of Attakkalari Repertory Company, her years of experience in dancing have given her movement a strong, sensitive and precise quality. Hemabharathy has participated in several national and international projects and represented India - in choreography projects, residencies and performed in all of Attakkalari's multi-media dance productions at most of the major European festivals. Hemabharathy is a prominent figure among the emerging new choreographers of contemporary India, and premiered her 20 minute choreographic solo work - “Chaaya” (Shadows) at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2009. Hema was awarded the Robert Bosch Young Choreographer’s Award in 2009, and was given the opportunity to create “Uruvam” her second solo piece. Hema has shown her individual work at several international venues and symposiums such as “A Different Direction” symposium in Bristol, Dance South West/ Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth, The Alchemy Festival at the South Bank Centre (London). In August 2011, Hema was selected to participate in Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme in the UK. This unique programme is an exceptional opportunity for 15 emerging professionals to work with award winning choreographer and author Jonathan Burrows for a fortnight of intensive talks, discussions, lectures and workshops over the course of 4 years. Hema also performed at the 2011 Seoul International Dance festival as part of the Indo - Korean (Attakkalari - CcadoO) collaboration - TRACES . Hema teaches classical dance forms at Attakkalari as part of its Education Outreach programme.
Meghna Nambiar
Meghna graduated with a distinction in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2010 prior to joining
 the Attakkalari Repertory. She has trained extensively in Bharatanatyam for 12 years. She is currently a senior dancer in the Attakkalari Repertory Company and performs at shows, corporate launches and cultural events around India. She is a cast member of Attakkalari's latest multi-media production AadhaaraChakra. She teaches in Attakkalari’s education outreach programme and at select schools and colleges as well.
Parth Bharadwaj
Parth graduated with a distinction in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009. His earlier training has been in cinematic dance styles in Delhi.
He is currently a senior dancer in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows, corporate launches and cultural events around India. He has a keen interest in Yoga and conducts education outreach programmes in schools and colleges. Parth has performed in For Pina... a specially commissioned site specific performance by Attakkalari. He is also a cast member of Attakkalari's latest multi-media production AadhaaraChakra
Raam Kumar R
Raam has trained for 13 years in Kalarippayattu at the C.V.N. Institute, Trivandrum under Guru C.V. Govindan Kutti Nayar
and Shri G. Satyanarayan. He joined Attakkalari as a faculty member. In addition to teaching the diploma students Kalarippayattu, he is a member of the Attakkalari Repertory Company and a facilitator with Attakkalari’s Education Programmes. Through Attakkalari he recently had the opportunity to share Kalarippayattu techniques with dancers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Ronita Mookerji
Before graduating in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009, Ronita underwent classical dance training in Bharatanatyam for more than 14 years in Kolkata.
She had also trained in the form of Odissi. She is now a senior dancer in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows, corporate launches and cultural events around India. Ronita was selected for the DANCE BOX’s residency "Kobe‐Maizuru Exchange Programme" in February/March 2012 and was also invited to showcase her short choreography - For You A Thousand Times Over - as part of the "Love Songs in Kobe" on February 17th 2012 at the international Kobe-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival. She is a facilitator in Attakkalari’s education outreach programme and teaches at selected schools and colleges. She leads a class in contemporary dance for children at Attakkalari.
Samera Kumar
Samera is a graduate with distinction in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2014.
Samera is a junior dancer in training in the Attakkalari Repertory Company. She has undergone training in various Indian classical forms including Bharatanatyam, Yoga and Kalaripayattu as well as other forms including contemporary movement, modern technique and Ballet in the course of her diploma. She was then part of the Talent Academy, a vocational training course in choreography and pedagogy. She is a certified yoga instructor and has a keen interest in practicing and teaching yoga. Samera is a facilitator in Attakkalari's Education Outreach Programme. Before joining Attakkalari, She was dancing, teaching and performing with different groups.
Snigdha Prabhakar
Snigdha graduated the Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media with distinction in 2014 (Student of the year).
Snigdha is a junior dancer in training in the Attakkalari Repertory Company. She has received training in Classical Ballet, Kalaripayittu, Bharatanatyam, contact improvisation, Martha Graham technique and different genres of contemporary movement. She has also completed an intensive six month course in performance, pedagogy and choreography called Talent Academy, and graduated the same with distinction. Snigdha is a Post graduate in Food Science and Nutrition and has a vast knowledge on sports (dance) nutrition.
Sylvester Mardi
Sylvester graduated in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2010.
He is a senior dancer in the Attakkalari Repertory Company and performs at shows, corporate launches and cultural events around India and abroad. He is a facilitator in Attakkalari’s Education Outreach Programme and teaches at selected schools and colleges.
 
Photography Credits: Niranjan Gokhale, Jyotsna B. Rao & David Coleman