Digital Online Archive Launch 1st Feb 2023, Bangalore International Center
-an interactive archive on Indian Somatic Traditions
and Contemporary Expressions
NAGARIKA is a seminal, interactive, online archive of Indian Somatic Traditions and Contemporary Expressions. It is a collaborative project between Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and Goethe Institut / Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore. The DVD ROMs on Indian Somatic Traditions were supported by Daniel Langlois Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The NAGARIKA online migration project is produced by Chris Ziegler / movingimages with support by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR, tanz:digital program of the German Dance Association.
The activities of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts are driven by the underlying philosophy, “Traditional Physical Wisdom, Innovation & Technology”. Envisioned to support the development of contemporary movement arts in India, Attakkalari has ushered in several strategic and interlinked programmes, which have had a positive impact on contemporary dance and performance in India. NAGARIKA archive is an attempt to create an easily accessible and interactive online information system on Indian somatic traditions and contemporary expressions, and it is the first such initiative in India. These archives were produced as interactive DVD Roms, which are now getting migrated to an online platform. The first section in this research and archiving series focuses on the Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance) and the second on the Northern style of Kalarippayattu, the martial art form that primarily originated in the state of Kerala situated in the southwest corner of India. They contain excellent demonstrations of practitioners filmed from multiple angles, detailing movement units and sequences as well as explanations on those by masters with additional contextual information where necessary.
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