SHAKTI: The Divine Energy and Power

After the successful completion of two Heritage Lottery Fund projects in 2014-15 and 2016-18, Kalakunj is delighted to present ‘SHAKTI: The Divine Energy and Power’, a project supported by an Arts Council England grant.


This project aims to explore the portrayal of women in the realms of Indian mythology and the role of women in society through an array of South Asian classical dance genres. With many recent feminism movements, we are excited to delve into this very relevant subject looking through the prism of Indian classical dance and music.


As part of this, we are happy to announce the launch of three 2-day dance workshops led by renowned performing artists of South Asian Arts, during the year:


·    Kuchipudi Worskhop with Arunima Kumar   -  5th - 6th September 2020 @ St Bart's Theatre, Reading
·    Odissi Workshop with Elena Catalano - 19th - 20th September 2020 @ St Bart’s Theatre, Reading

·    Bharatanatyam Workshop with Divya Kasturi   -  3rd - 4th October 2020 @ St Bart’s Theatre, Reading

In these workshops, attendees are able to pull out their dancing feet and experience the true flavour of the dance form first-hand, with a piece taught by the experts themselves! (The workshops' age requirement is 10 years and above, Kalakunj students are requested to contact Ananya to register interest at the first instance).


Additionally, we have our final performance showcase on Saturday 7 November @ University of Reading. The audience will be able to witness the richness of South Asian dance and the various facets of feminism deeply rooted in the arts and culture, performed by the three distinguished artists. What’s more, the workshop participants will also receive the opportunity to perform their learned piece to an audience!
Join us to embark on an artistic journey, perhaps to become a dancer for the first time, or to witness high calibre, tantalising classical performances, and to explore the female entity in South Asian Arts.


Registration and valid ticket purchase is essential for all events, details of which (including further event information) may be found at https://kalakunj-ace.eventbrite.com/

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