Attakkalari Dance Company

 
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. Trained in classical Kathak for 12 years and an avid Yoga practitioner, she has been awarded the National Yoga Championship six times. Anindita is currently a senior dancer in Attakkalari Dance Company and performs at shows, corporate launches, cultural events and festivals across the globe. She has performed at various international festivals such as the Europalia Festival at Brussels, at the National Ballet Centre - Marseille (France), at the TARI festival in Kuala Lumpur and the Ganges-Danube: Festival of India in Hungary. She has been a lead dancer in – Masala FX at the Indo-German Urban Mela in 2012, choreographed by Samir Akika; the Swiss collaborative production – ISSHH(क), choreographed by Nicole Seiler and in Mix the Body - an interactive, contemporary dance experience launched as part of the UK/India Year of Culture by British Council in collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor. She toured North Italy as part of Attakkalari’s latest home production - Bhinna Vinyasa. Anindita also participated at a residency in Asia Dance Festival in Seoul in 2017.

Hemabharathy Palani
Hemabharathy Palani is an award-winning choreographer/dancer, working as the Rehearsal Director of the Attakkalari Dance Company, Bangalore.
She has trained for several years in Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu, Yoga, and Capoeira at Attakkalari under various teachers. She has also received training in Kuchipudi under Gurus Sunanda Devi and Vyjayanthi Kashi, and in Bharatanyam under Guru Minal Prabhu. Hemabharathy has performed in Attakkalari's multi-media dance productions at most of the major European festivals. She has participated in several international collaborations, residencies and choreography projects as the rehearsal director of Attakkalari Dance Company as well as in her personal capacity as a choreographer. Hemabharathy received the Public's First Choice Award for her choreography and performance of her work Trikonanga at the Finale of the 18th International Solo Tanz-Theatre Festival, Stuttgart, Germany in 2013. Earlier she was awarded the Robert Bosch Young Choreographer's Award - 2009, which enabled her to create Uruvam. For her work in Kuchipudi, she was conferred the title of an ‘A’ grade artiste (in a group performance with Guru Vyjayanthi Kashi) by the national television channel, Doordarshan, in 1999. In August 2011, Hemabharathy was selected to participate in Sadler’s Wells (London) Summer University programme that provided an exceptional opportunity along with other 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. Hemabharathy has travelled to some of the biggest contemporary dance venues including the Barbican Centre (London), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Critical Path (Sydney), International Dance Festival Birmingham (UK), The Lowry (Manchester, UK) and Vignale Monferrato Festival (Italy) and 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 and The Alchemy Festival at the South Bank Centre (London). Hemabharathy also performed at the 2011 Seoul International Dance festival as part of the Indo - Korean (Attakkalari - CcadoO) collaboration – TRACES. Apart from her work in contemporary dance, Hemabharathy also performs and teaches classical Indian dance forms Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. Featured on the show – “Kultur I Farozonen” on the SVT Channel, Sweden, she directed, choreographed and performed for a contemporary dance film- Toss produced by Fuel Theatre, London; a project commissioned by the Dance Umbrella and Space. Hemabharathy participated in the FACETS choreography residency at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015, where she created the piece - Twine. She has also worked as an assistant choreographer for various South Indian films, including the Kamal Hassan starrer Uttama Villain, and choreographed Ek Choti Si Asha in collaboration with British film-makers Rachel Davies and Daniel Saul as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts- Big Dance Shorts India. Her latest work Yashti, a ‘kinaesthetic soliloquy’ that portrays the life of a woman, delving into the lives and memories of other women who have chosen a different path, is currently touring across the world.
Meghna Nambiar
Meghna Nambiar graduated with a distinction in Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2010.
Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam for 12 years, she is currently a senior dancer in Attakkalari Dance Company and performs at shows, corporate launches, cultural events and festivals across the globe. Meghna has performed at various international festivals such as the Europalia Festival at Brussels, at the National Ballet Centre, Marseille (France), at the TARI festival in Kuala Lumpur and the International Dance Festival Birmingham, UK. She was one of the dancers at the Swiss collaborative production – ISSHH(क), choreographed by Nicole Seiler. As a dancer of the production Twine, Meghna went onto perform at the Mercat De Les Flors (Spain) and at the O Espaco Do Tempo (Portugal) in 2015 as part of the Dance Connect project. One of the initial and senior cast members of Attakkalari home productions – AadhaaraChakra – A Dancelogue and Bhinna Vinyasa, Meghna 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.
Currently a senior dancer in Attakkalari Dance Company, he performs at shows, corporate launches, cultural events and festivals across the globe. Parth has performed at various international festivals such as the Europalia Festival at Brussels, at the National Ballet Centre, Marseille (France), at the TARI festival in Kuala Lumpur and GangesDanube: Festival of India in Hungary. Parth was part of a Swiss collaborative production – ISSHH(क), choreographed by Nicole Seiler and has also worked along with Indonesian choreographer Yola Yulifiandi on her piece – Salma. He was also a lead dancer in Mix the Body - an interactive, contemporary dance experience launched as part of the UK/India Year of Culture by British Council in collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor. He has conceptualized the 3-month certificate programme in contemporary movement arts – Sankshipta - that has been exclusively designed for dance enthusiasts and working professionals. Recently, he was selected for the Special Jury Mention Award at the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award (PECDA) 2016 for his piece – Urban Chaos. Parth was selected for the FACETS choreography residency at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017, where he created the piece- Neck of the Woods. One of the initial and senior cast members of Attakkalari home productions – AadhaaraChakra – A Dancelogue, Bhinna Vinyasa and for Pina…, Parth is also the Academic co-ordinator for the out-reach activities with schools and is closely working on the Mobile Theatre programme.
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.
An associate dancer in Attakkalari Dance Company, she performs at shows, corporate launches and cultural events across 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" in 2012 at the international Kobe-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival. She has been a lead dancer in Masala FX at the Indo-German Urban Mela in 2012, choreographed by Samir Akika and part of Belleville in 2015-16 by the same choreographer. Ronita was part of the DAM(N) Project, a large-scale interdisciplinary arts project connecting the Australian and Indian communities around the common concern of global water security. She travelled across the UK to showcase her work Who? with 2Faced Dance Company’s BENCH programme. A facilitator in Attakkalari’s education outreach programme, she teaches at selected schools and colleges and leads classes in contemporary dance for children at Attakkalari. Ronita was also selected for the Asia Dance Festival in Seoul in 2015.
Snigdha Prabhakar
Snigdha graduated the Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media with distinction in 2014 (Student of the year).
A senior dancer at the Attakkalari Dance Company, she has received training in Classical Ballet, Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam, contact improvisation, Martha Graham technique and different genres of contemporary movement. She graduated an intensive six-month course in performance, pedagogy and choreography called Talent Academy, again with distinction. Snigdha is a Post graduate in Food Science and Nutrition and has a vast knowledge on sports (dance) nutrition. She has performed a site-specific production named “ABSENCE PRESENCE”, choreographed by Sonia Rodriguez from Spain, supported by Goethe Institute Max Muller Bhavan. She was also a part of the Swiss collaborative production – ISSHH(क), choreographed by Nicole Seiler. She performed at the Ganges Danube: Festival of India in Hungary along with the Repertory Company. Snigdha toured North Italy as part of Attakkalari’s latest home production - Bhinna Vinyasa. As a team member for the Education Outreach Program at Attakkalari, Snigdha works as a teacher- trainer in various schools and facilitates workshops hosted by Attakkalari in various parts of the country.
 
Photography Credits: Niranjan Gokhale, Jyotsna B. Rao & Alok Johri