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 training 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 training in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows around India.
Denny Paul
Denny has completed Attakkalari’s Diploma Programme in Movement Arts & Mixed Media in 2007 and is currently is a
 senior member of the repertory. Prior to graduating from Attakkalari, Denny trained extensively in cinematic dance. Along with three other dancers from the Attakkalari Repertory, Denny participated in the Brouhaha Festival in Liverpool, UK in 2008 and 2009. He has performed in Traces - an Indo Korean (Attakkalari - CcadoO) collaboration for the 2011 Seoul International Dance festival. Denny has also performed in Attakkalari’s full length dance productions TransaAvatar, Chronotopia, MeiDhwani and Attakkalari's latest multi-media production AadhaaraChakra and has toured with the Attakkalari Repertory in India and overseas. Denny is an emerging choreographer with Attakkalari’s initiative - Young Choreographers’ Platform. He was a joint winner of the Robert Bosch Young Choreographers Award in 2010 and created his piece “Uyire” under the auspices of this award. This piece premiered at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore in June 2011 and toured Germany in October 2011. Denny teaches extensively for Attakkalari’s Education Outreach Program.
Diya Naidu
Diya studied ISTD jazz, classical ballet, modern performance, choreography techniques, Kathak and Physical Theatre. Originally from Kolkata, she has several years of experience teaching movement in Delhi and Bangalore.
A graduate of Attakkalari's Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2007 and a senior member of the repertory, Diya has performed in several of Attakkalari’s full length dance productions namely TransAvatar, For Pina..., Chronotopia, MeiDhwani and Attakkalari's latest multi-media production AadhaaraChakra. She has toured with the Attakkalari Repertory in India and overseas. In 2010 Diya was granted the Robert Bosch Young Choreographer’s Award and was afforded the opportunity to create her solo work “Nadir” which premiered in Bangalore at Alliance Francaise. This work toured Germany in October 2011. Diya has performed in Traces - an Indo Korean (Attakkalari - CcadoO) collaboration for the 2011 Seoul International Dance festival. Diya is passionate about dance pedagogy and independently leads contemporary dance classes through Attakkalari's community dance programme.
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 junior 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
Prashant More
Prashant graduated with distinction from the Attakkalari Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2012.
As part of the Diploma programme Prashant took classes in Classical Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatyam, Flying Low andrelease techniques. Prashant has trained in Hip- Hop, Bollywood and Bharatanatyam. He use to perform in Pune with a B-boying group and has been an instructor and teacher with people of all ages. Prashant is currently a junior dancer in training in Attakkalari’s Repertory company and performs at shows around India.
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 Repertory Company and a facilitator with Attakkalari’s Education Outreach Programme. 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.
Santosh V S
Santhosh was a member of a popular cinematic dance group Scorpions in Kerala, before he joined Attakkalari. He learnt
 Yoga from the Thrissur Yoga Association and also independently choreographed dances for regional South Indian (Malayalam) music albums. He graduated from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2007. Santhosh was invited to participate in the Brouhaha Festival in Liverpool, UK in 2008. In 2011 along with two Attakkalari dancers, Santhosh was invited to several venues across the UK to present his choreography and conduct workshops as part of the British Council’s India-UK Connections through Culture programme. Santhosh has performed with the Attakkalari Repertory in full length dance productions including For Pina...and TransAvatar. As a Young Choreographer he premiered the first phase of his work – “Padheyam” at the Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden and has performed at international venues such including Greenwich Dance Agency and Dance South West/ Pavilion Dance. He recently showcased his work at the Attakkalari India Biennial Festival 2011 and his piece will be shown in Germany at tanzhaus nrw as well. Santhosh is a senior member of the Attakkalari Repertory company and is also a facilitator with the Education Outreach Programme.
Sylvester Mardi
Sylvester graduated in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2010. He is now a junior dancer in the Attakkalari Repertory
Company and performs at shows, corporate launches and cultural events around India. 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