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Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts

24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road
Wilson Garden
Behind Mandovi Motors
Phone: +91 80 2212 3684, 4148 3534, 4146 7690
Fax: +91 80 22123809
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Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts 
The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is a registered public charitable trust founded in Bangalore in 1992. The Centre’s wide variety of activities include holding the largest contemporary dance festival in South Asia, Attakkalari India Biennale, performances by the contemporary dance company Attakkalari Repertory, led by the Centre’s general artistic director, Jayachandran Palazhy, education and outreach programs for schools taught by Attakkalari members, a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media program for nurturing young choreographers, research and documentation activities and more.
Attakkalari India Biennale presents programs of performance, installations, workshops and seminars, as well as the Choreography Laboratory supporting innovative young choreographers and the Writing on Dance residence program for critics, among others. In the 2015 Biennale, artists from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, New Zealand, China and South Korea participated along with local Indian artists.
Attakkalari’s mission is to spread the reach of contemporary performance arts and to make dance a viable career option for young people, not only through everyday education and training but also through programs like its Young Choreographer Platform to educate choreographers and its Attakkalari Talent Academy six-month course teaching choreographic language, history and techniques held on an ongoing basis. Since last year, the Tata Education Trust Attakkalari Fellowship is conducted to educate dancers in the traditional and folk dance/performance arts. This program allows young artists to learn directly from master of these traditional arts from all localities of India, many of which are in danger of being lost due to the lack of young apprentices to carry on the traditional and folk dance forms.
The Centre also invites video and digital artistes, composers, musicians and choreographers from around the world to create collaborative works and work in residencies, and also functions as a resource center for young and upcoming artistes from other parts of the world who are studying Indian culture, contemporary dance aesthetics and movement idioms, providing an archive for dance specialists and the opportunity to conduct research.