Established in 1992, Attakkalari is a registered, public charitable trust formed by artistes from different disciplines to help create contexts for contemporary movement arts. Attakkalari has facilitated the development of an enhanced and extensive programme that includes national and international Platforms for Exchange and Performance; Strategic movement and Digital Arts development; Research and documentation; new performance works by the Attakkalari Repertory; a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media; and Education and Outreach programmes. As an umbrella organization, Attakkalari provides dynamic leadership and makes strategic intervention to stimulate the growth of a vibrant contemporary performing arts scene in the country.
A key objective of the Centre is to demystify the art form, making it accessible to all sections of society. Attakkalari collaborates with video and digital artistes, composers, musicians and choreographers from around the world and also functions as a resource centre for young and upcoming artistes from other parts of the world who are interested in Indian culture, aesthetics and movement idioms.
Attakkalari’s mission is to spread the reach of contemporary performance arts and to make dance a viable career option for young people. We work to empower young artists by giving them the necessary tools and training that will enable them to create fresh physical expressions related to their experiences, memories and thoughts. The company’s dance productions articulate human dilemmas and socially relevant ideas through a contemporary performance idiom. Through our outreach programmes we work with all communities, cutting across cultural and economic barriers, reinforcing our vision of a secular and pluralistic society.
Attakkalari is supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Ford Foundation and the Department of Culture, Government of India.