Opening of the Body Matters Education Festival

Bengaluru, August 8th: Attakkalari organized the Arts Education Summit in collaboration with The Teacher Foundation and with the support of the Philosophy Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies on August 8 at NGMA. The Summit heralds the beginning of the Body Matters: Move to Transform Festival scheduled to be carried on at Chowdiah Memorial Hall from Aug.9-11, 2018. The Summit explored the role of the Arts in the wider education. While focusing on the role of dance and Movement Arts education as a curricular or noncurricular activity in schools and colleges as well as providing dance services to the wider community, the seminar brought in expertise, experience and perspectives from other allied disciplines. It opened up the discourse and included multiple disciplines and stake holders of the arts as well as education, exploring possible ways to introduce and inculcate inclusive practices in our education system and nurture diversity in class rooms in terms of social, cultural, gender-based and linguistic differences.

The Summit was inaugurated by Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary to Government Education Department (Primary and Secondary Education) wherein she spoke about the Government of Karnataka’s commitment and support to the idea of a more diversified role of the Arts in the education system at the Primary and Secondary level, and also the need for a Training the Leader’s programme. Dr. Claus Heimes, Director, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore. Jayachandran Palazhy, Founder and Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts made the opening presentation with a lecture demonstration on ‘Dance & Movement Arts in Education’, followed by Prof. Sundar Sarukkai, National Institute of Advanced Studies speaking on ‘Thinking and the Body’. Prof. Shekhar P. Seshadri, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS addressed the gathering on The Process of Learning, while Nina Patricia Haenel, lecturer at the Centre for Contemporary Dance (CCD), University for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany along with German dance artist Ronja Nadler did a short lecture demonstration on ‘Incorporating Contemporary Dance Practice Tools in Education’. Parminder Gill, Cofounder & Head of Business Development, EduSports played on the ‘Power of Play: Creating Healthier Schools’ angle. The day was wrapped up by Maya Menon, Founder-Director, The Teacher Foundation providing a summary of all speakers alongwith her paper ‘Movement as a Metaphor for Good Teaching’.

 9th August will see Day 1 of the Body Matters festival opening at Chowdah Memorial Hall at 6.30pm with a series of performances spanning the Indian traditional including the ancient martial art form of Kalaripayattu and the contemporary dance form. These will be performances by the graduating students of the 2018-19 batch of Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media.

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