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July 2015
Vol: 003


The one-year Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media offered by the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru is one of the most sought-after programmes for contemporary dance in India. The course sees participation from highly talented dancers from across India, who come together in synchrony despite their diverse backgrounds.

This unique, comprehensive and professional certification programme trains students from 8-30 am till 6 pm, Monday through Friday in a plethora of movement traditions from across the world. Apart from Indian physical and performance traditions such as Bharatanatyam, Kalarippayattu, Thevarattam, Chaau and Kootiyattam, students also learn different strands of Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Contact Improvisation and Body Conditioning as well as modules on Light Design, History of Dance, Dance Pedagogy, Philosophy and Art History. Masters of Indian traditions and experts from the international dance scene tutor the students, equipping them with the requisite skills to work both in the performative and educational contexts.

This year, Attakkalari is proud to announce the graduation of the 9th batch of students of Diploma students on 14th August 2015 (Friday) at 7 pm. On this occasion, 25 young dancers will perform dance pieces from various movement traditions like Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu and Contemporary dance at J.S.S. Auditorium (Shivarathreeswara Centre), 1st Main, 8th Block Jayanagar, Bengaluru - 560082. The presentation pieces in various genres, specially choreographed for the occasion are testimony to the hard work and dedication of mentors, staff and students alike. Following the performances, Chief Guest for the evening, actor-director Ramesh Aravind will hand over the Diploma certificates to the graduating students. Be there to celebrate with us!

The next batch of Diploma will commence on 11th September, 2015. If you have missed the auditions, and still want to be a part of this exciting course, drop a mail to education@attakkalari.org

In the News
Introductory Movement Workshop for the Youth

Senior dancers of the Attakkalari repertory were busy this July auditioning young dance enthusiasts from five centres across Karnataka for a 5-day introductory movement workshop that was held in Bengaluru. Conducted in association with the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Government of Karnataka, the first batch of this pioneering workshop was held at Attakkalari’s spacious studios from 3rd August to 7th August, 2015.
Though students from Hubli, Mangalore, Kalburgi, Mysuru and Bengaluru took part in the workshop, the highlight was the enthusiastic participation from a group of seven girls from the Vivekananda School of Excellence, a rural school for Tribal youth located in Saragur, Mysuru district and run under the aegis of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM).
Smt. Nagambika Devi, Secretary, Youth Affairs & Sports Department, Government of Karnataka graced the inauguration of the workshop. Not only did she praise the achievement of the participants, but she also offered continued support from the Government for Attakkalari’s future activities. The workshop came to a close with a participants-led presentation titled “Milan” which encapsulated the enriching encounters of people from diverse backgrounds. Apart from being a fun-filled experience, it also offered a huge learning curve for all the participants.
Plans are underway to start a second batch of the workshop owing to overwhelming response from the participants. If you have missed out the opportunity the first time around, please get in touch with Attakkalari to secure a place in the second one.
Supported by Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports, Govt. of Karnataka.

Dance Connect 2015

Continuing the theme of this year's Biennial, Dance Connect 2015 is Attakkalari's on-going project with Mercat De Les Flors (Spain) and O Espaco Do Tempo (Portugal). Dance Connect 2015 brings together three young choreographers and six dancers from India in a three-stage, collaborative residency project that will begin in Bengaluru (India), move to Barcelona (Spain) and culminate in Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal).
The month-long project encourages partnership with light designers, dramaturges, sound and digital artists to bring together a scintillating performance. The work will then be presented in all the three venues and will incorporate inputs from local artists and communities, thus increasing cultural mobility and community engagement.
Prasanna Saikia, Hemabharathy Palani and Surjit Singh Nongmeikapam, accompanied by six other dancers are the participating artistes in this project. Attakkalari will host a presentation of these performances at its studio on 18th September, 2015. Details will be announced shortly.
This project is supported by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia (ANA).

Talent Academy – Applications Invited

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts invites applications for the second batch of the Talent Academy that commences on 1st September, 2015. The curriculum of this 6-month, post-diploma course for dancers is designed to boost the development of vocational skills in dance performance, pedagogy and choreography. Talent Academy encourages emerging dancers to create their own work, perform existing or new pieces and prepare lesson plans and teach classes. The course will end with a public performance and will help young dance artistes find a strong launching pad to kickstart their career in the arena of performing arts.
The application deadline is 19th August, 2015; the form can be availed here. Prospective students who are unable to visit Bangalore may send us link to a good quality video of their performance. For more details, write to education@attakkalari.org

Application Deadline Extended

The last date for applying to Tata Education Trust Attakkalari Fellowship has been extended to 17th August, 2015. To avail the application form online, click here .

ASEEMA – Connecting Youth through Dance

Led by Attakkalari’s Artistic Director Jayachandran Palazhy, and assisted by senior dancers of the Attakkalari Repertory Company, Project ASEEMA strives to create an environment of learning Movement Arts in colleges across Bengaluru. Apart from Lecture Performances in colleges where participants will get exposure to contemporary and traditional movement techniques, follow-up workshops will also be conducted. The project aids selected students in learning new skills and allows them to explore movement, creativity and self-expression in the precincts of their own college campuses. At the end of the three months of engagement with dance in a sustained manner, students will participate in a multi-disciplinary public performance to share their experiences with each other and with the larger public, including senior Government officials.
Supported by Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports, Govt. of Karnataka.

Artistic Director at International Festivals

The next Attakkalari India Biennial is only in 2017, but preparations are already in full swing at Attakkalari. Our artistic director, Jayachandran Palazhy is attending a series of international festivals in the upcoming months in a bid to bring the best dance works and dance artists to Bangalore. Starting with the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (Korea), he will also participate as a delegate at the New Italian Dance Platform (NID Platform) in Brescia (Italy), meet festival directors and presenters in Lyon and Montpellier (France) and attend the Dance Umbrella in London (UK). Hope this augurs well for the Biennial!


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.
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 from Attakkalari’s professional dancers, thus physically accessing and experiencing movement material to create a unique movement vocabulary, culminating in this largely community-driven production.
Details about this year’s production will be posted shortly on Attakkalari’s website and Facebook page.

Photo Credits: N.P. Jayan, Lekha Naidu, G.K. Vale Studio (MG Road), D5 Photography and Attakkalari.

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore-560027
Tel: 91 + 080 + 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690