HOW

Courses

The Marapu Curriculum facilitates a number of courses, workshops and events. The DASI ATTAM curriculum is a graded course taught in Legend, Hungary and in Tamil Nadu, India. Four levels take place during the summer months in Legend; the fifth level travels in Tamil Nadu during January/ February and is open to participants outside the Dasi Attam curriculum. Each level comprises 150hrs. and is certified by the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO, Paris.

This long term curriculum addresses passionate students of South Indian dance, nowadays called Bharata Natyam. Artistic training in dance, vocal/ instrumental (vina) music and Tamil poetry, is coupled to critical reflection on historical, socio-cultural questions, like: Who were the devadasis ? What did their dance look like ? How does devadasi repertoire differ from contemporary transformations? What has remained and continues even today of their Intangible Cultural Heritage ?

Repertoire Workshops

The Dasi Attam Curriculum culminates in an evening filling solo dance-concert called Margam. However, short term Workshops offer a selection of this concert-suite to (outside) advanced students of Bharata Natyam. Major compositions like Varnams, Padams/ Javalis and Tillanas are taught during summer in Legend and during winter/ spring in Tamil Nadu. These Workshops can be followed as a unique course or in combination with a Training Intensive that enables the student to perform such choreographies in public.

Mohamana Workshop
can be studied in Tamil Nadu as a 75hrs. Workshop, and, might be followed up by a Training Intensive (75hrs.) towards a solo-performance in Legend. The Workshop, combined with a Training Intensive and performance will be certified as a 150hrs, CID-UNESCO course.

Bhogam Residency
this (75hrs.) workshop in Tamil Nadu is dedicated fully to Devadasi Repertoire of ritual song and dance as taught by Smt.P. Ranganayaki (1914-2005) to Saskia Kersenboom. Two weeks in January/ February are spent in artistic training while based Tirupugalur and in participant fieldwork during the Great Festival for goddess Lalitambal in Tirumiyaccur.

For those who wish to deepen their training and understanding of Devadasi Intangible Cultural Heritage Paramparai Foundation offers a 75hrs. Seminar Devadasi Murai in Legend during the summer months. This 150hrs. course is certified as well by the International Dance Council CID-Unesco, Paris.

Special Events

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Special Events may take place in Hungary, India, or anywhere else where Paramparai Foundation is being invited to share, participate or facilitate. Over the years, Poetry Readings, Lectures, Dance Performances, Home Concerts and Exhibitions have been part of minor and major outdoor collaborations:

Media Shelf

Open to Paramparai Foundation' students: art-library, gallery, audio-visual recordings of classical music, musicians, dance and dancers. Primary and secondary sources on Indian languages, literatures, philosophy, aesthetics, temples, music, dance and related subjects can be accessed and lend out during summer residencies and workshops.

For a selection of Essays by Saskia Kersenboom access: http://amsterdam.academia.edu/SaskiaKersenboom