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Bengaluru’s Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is offering an online dance camp exclusively for children this summer

From a 2018 show following a similar summer workshop with children by the institute
From a 2018 show following a similar summer workshop with children by the institute (facebook.com/attakkalari)

The parks and sports camps are closed, there's no going over to a friend's place for boardgames, and you can forget about cricket and football games in the colony—even stepping out into the balcony is frowned upon by adults. What are children to do?

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Bengaluru’s Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, an institution for dance and movement established in 1992 by dance maestro Jayachandran Palazhy, is offering an online dance camp exclusively for children this summer. The module includes contemporary dance and creative movement, as well as the ancient martial art/dance form of Kalaripayattu. The combination of classes is designed to offer a space for creative expression and exploration, learning dance sequences and techniques as well as strength, mobility and flexibility.

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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 runs an extensive programme that includes teaching, development of new forms, research and documentation, new performances by the Attakkalari Repertory. The institute offers a diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media as well, and a key objective of the centre is to demystify the art form, making it accessible. 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. It is supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Department of Culture, Government of India, among other benefactors.

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The institute will start the children's classes from 10 May and will conduct morning and evening batches across age groups over 12 online sessions. The first batch is for children aged 4-7; there is a separate batch for children aged 8-14. Classes will be held every day except Sundays. The sessions cost 2,600 per child.

For more details and to register, visit Attakkalari.org.

  • FIRST PUBLISHED
    10.05.2021 | 12:45 PM IST

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