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Santhulan (Balance) is a production unlike any other by Attakkalari. This production is primarily focused on bringing together community dancers and professional dancers from different backgrounds and enabling them to create a work unique to their styles.

In the words of artistic director Jayachandran Palazhy, "Santhulan is making dance accessible to a wider community in more than one way." Community members will get an opportunity to work with and receive intensive training with professional dancers from Attakkalari, thus physically accessing and experiencing movement material to create a unique movement vocabulary, culminating in this largely community driven production.

Through this process, we hope to trigger a catalytic effect over time that will create an understanding of the long-term role of culture in shaping a nation’s history and wellbeing by creating a community that cares.

This production premieres at the Alliance Française de Bangalore auditorium on the 7th of December, with two shows at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. For more details and tickets, please call +91-80-22123684.

If you are interested in joining our ongoing community classes or training programmes write to us at attakkalari@gmail.com

In the News


Attakkalari's Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy, was recently invited to collaborate with Palash Sen and the team of Indian rock band Euphoria to create a new work for The Dewarists, a critically acclaimed musical television series on MTV India. The series has been called part music documentary and part travelogue and brings musicians and visual artists from India and around the world, in a collaborative process to create original music while travelling across India.

This time around, the producers decided to bring dance to the creative process. Jay and four dancers from the Attakkalari Repertory Company travelled to Pondicherry for a weekend in November to work with Euphoria. The collaborative process itself and the piece created as a result, Khwamakkah, will be broadcast on MTV at 8:00pm IST on Sunday, the 8th of December 2013.

Trailer for Khwamakkah and more information here.


attendance Uday Shankar Choreography Award 2013

attendance is India’s only yearbook on dance that strives to compile and preserve dance heritage and history, while noticing contemporary trends and milestones. It is also the official publication of the Dance History Society of India.

attendance has instituted six awards in memory of dance legends which are awarded each year. The Uday Shankar Choreography Award, which recognizes a Choreographer who has set the tone for new directions in Indian dance, was awarded to the Artistic Director of Attakkalari, Jayachandran Palazhy, during a well attended awards ceremony at the Alliance Française de Bangalore.


Attakkalari at World Chess Championship 2013

The 2013 edition of the World Chess Championship, the premier event in the world of Chess, was hosted in Chennai, with Magnus Carlsen from Norway winning the title from reigning champion Vishwanathan Anand in a closely fought match.

The opening ceremony on the 7th of November featured Indian and Norwegian artistes including a collaborative performance production choreographed by Silje Ragnhild Onstad, from the Vilnius Dance Company, and Jayachandran Palazhy, Attakkalari's Artistic Director. The 12 minute piece with dancers from both organisations had influences of The Halling, a traditional folk dance from rural Norway and Kalarippayattu, the traditional martial form from Kerala and was performed to live music performed by Norwegian musicians. The performance was especially well received by everybody, including the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha, who said it was “Simply Superb!” High praise indeed!


Recent Events


Attakkalari at Global Health Futures

College of Medicine, UK and Soukya Foundation, India organized a 3-day international conference focusing on Global Health Futures. Eminent members of the medical fraternity from countries across the globe gathered in Bengaluru to discuss the importance of developing integrated solutions to overcome the epidemic of long-term disease. The Attakkalari repertory was chosen to perform for this illustrious gathering for their inaugural dinner at the Marriott, Whitefield on the 13th of November. The evening, a Mixed Bill from the company’s varied repertoire, received a rousing reception and a standing ovation with discerning arts aficionados claiming that the performance was one of the best that they had seen anywhere in the world!


Attakkalari collaborates with Tarun Tahliani

At the recently concluded Indian Bridal Fashion Week, the opening act was a stunning presentation by ace designer Tarun Tahliani, which was complemented by a unique performance crafted by Attakkalari especially for this occasion. Performed to melodies composed by the Midival Punditz and featuring eight dancers and choreographed by Attakkalari's Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy, the scintillating and sensuous performance was well received by an exclusive audience. A leading newspaper commented "It was sheer elegance depicted in swift moves and sharp movements, with dancers swaying to a melodious tune on the ramp."


Photo Credits: Sudeep Bhattacharya, The Hindu archives, attendance and Attakkalari

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bengaluru-560027
Tel: +91 80 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690