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Shakti: The Divine Energy and Power - Workshops

18-19 Sept, 6-7 Nov

Kalakunj, Reading cordially invites art-lovers to participate in its latest venture, ‘SHAKTI: The Divine Energy and Power’, a project supported by an Arts Council England (ACE) grant.

This project aims to explore the portrayal of women in the realms of Indian mythology and how we can relate that to the role of women in contemporary 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 delighted to announce the launch of three 2-day dance workshops led by renowned performing artists of South Asian Arts, during the next few months.:

1. Kuchipudi workshop led by Arunima Kumar (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021, 10am-6pm), St. Bart's Theatre, Reading

2. Bharatanatyam workshop led by Divya Kasturi (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2021, 10am-6pm), St. Bart's Theatre, Reading - SOLD OUT

3. Odissi workshop led by Dr Parvati Rajamani (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November 2021, 10am-6pm),  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!

Additionally, we have our final performance showcase on Saturday 13 November @ University of Reading (subject to any changes in the external situation).

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.


Disclaimer: It is required that everybody attending a workshop at the St Bart’s Theatre/performance at the 3sixty Theatre has either a negative lateral flow test no more than twenty-four hours before the activity begins, or alternatively provide proof that they have received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination. If you have received one dose, you will still require a negative lateral flow test.

The live events will be subject to the Government’s COVID-19 regulations at the time of workshop/performance dates.
In the extreme likelihood that the Government’s guidance does not allow a live performance in future, all tickets will be valid for an online livestream of the show at a later date to be announced.