Due to its research into performance techniques over the last twenty years, Adishakti has evolved a pedagogical system of performance training, which a large number of performers from elsewhere seek to avail of. As Adishakti now has the infrastructure it can house such performers as well.

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Some of the residencies, workshops, performances, and training programmes that Adishakti has conducted and hosted since 2004-2005 (in reverse chronological order) were:


Adishakti’s production of “The Tenth Head” directed by Veenapani Chawla, was staged at Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil, Adisahkti in May 2014.

Yoga workshop led by Kamini Bobde, expert from Bihar, School of Yoga in July 2014.

Performance in July 2014 by Sai Narasimhan – Vocal & Flute.

“Mooki” – Performance and workshop in July 2014 by Veena Basavarajaiah.

Performance in August 2014 by Just Theatre – Somewhat Like a Balloon

Performance in August 2014 by It’s Not Waht You Tihnk, an Indian Commedia Dell’ Arte performance with Deepal Doshi, Kathryn Doshi and Yuki Ellias. Directed by Deepal Doshi, Produced by Niloufer Sagar.


Writer Akshay Pathak, on a residency at Adishakti for one year.

Charlott Lihnell, Swedish performer on residency from May 20, 2013 to June 2014, to study Ottan Thullal under Adishakti’s performer Suresh Kaliyath.

A theatre group from Portugal comprising Teresa Prima, Joclecio Azevedo, Dina Magalhaes and Igor Pitella toured India to present their production “Small World” especially created for children. Their production was staged at Adishakti on the 28th and 29th of June.

Pascal Seiger, a saxophonist from France, on residency at Adishakti to study for his thesis.

Maurice Durozier of Ariane Mnouchkine’s Theatre du Soleil presented his play Word of Actor at Adishakti’s Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Darshan Dayal and Shyam on a 15-day residency to undergo performance training at Adishakti.

Rustom Bharucha, Theorist and Dramaturge from Kolkata was at Adishakti for a week to discuss the “Religion/Spirituality and Performance Symposium” planned for February 2014.

Meena Kandasamy, a writer and activist stayed for five days.

Bring Home the Bard, a residential workshop on drama in education by the Royal Shakespeare Company, UK was conducted by the British Council at Adishakti.

Swiss musicians Malcolm Braff and Claire Huguenin were on residency for twenty days.

Religion/Spirituality and Performance Symposium conducted in collaboration with the International Research Center “Interweaving Cultures in Performance”, Berlin. The following invitees and scholars from different parts of the world were part of the Symposium: Christel Weiler – International Research Centre, Freie University; Erika Fischer – Lichte –International Research Centre, Freie University; Florian Thamer – International Research Centre, Freie University; Klaus – Peter Koepping – International Research Centre, Freie University; Dea Loher – International Research Centre, Freie University; Karin Polit – University of Heidelberg, Anthropologist Femi Osofisan – University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Saskya Jain – Poet / Writer; Rustom Bharucha – Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Eddin Khoo – Pusaka, Kuala Lumpur; Mundoli Narayanan – University of Calicut Hanne de Bruin; Rajagopal – Kattaikuttu Sangam, Kanchipuram; Sundar Sarukkai – Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities; Rizio Yohanan – Lila Foundation for Translocal Initiatives; Pepita Seth – Writer / Photographer, Thrissur.

Swiss film maker, Pierre Yves Borgeaud stayed at Adishakti.

Franzy Deutscher, a research student from Germany on residency.

Clowns Sans Frontieres, a clown theatre group from France were on a week’s residency.

Producer, Maria Koublanova and a company of four from Russia were at Adishakti, on residency.


Sumeet Thakur, a workshop participant of the 2011 batch stayed Adishakti on a short term residency and took part in its day-to-day activities.

Adishakti hosted the Dalit Women Writer’s Residency organised by writer Ms. C.S. Lakshmi: Sound And Picture Archives for Research on Women. Nineteen writers from various parts of the country participated.

Sujatha Goel performed a dance piece, The Dancing Girl at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Prof. Kalamandalam P.V.Easwranunni (Head of the department of Mizhavu, Kerala Kalamandalam deemed University of Art & Culture, Vallatholnagar, Thrissur) lead sessions on Mizhavu Rhythms for the Adishakti artists.

Theatre practitioners Swar Thanoujam and Pooja Sarup from Bangalore were on a week’s residency at Adishakti to work on their new production Dog Women.

The Adishakti team travelled to UK to participate in the Ludus Festival, Leeds. Adishakti’s production Ganapati was staged at the Festival on June 28, 29, and 30. A workshop on breath and emotion, rhythm, body centres was also given on July 1 and 2.

Sandra Barata Belo, an actress from Portugal, was on residency at Adishakti. During her residency she was taught Kalaripayattu, Yoga, and Breath & Emotion and Centres by Adishakti Artists.

Shanta Gokhale was on a short stay at Adishakti to discuss her upcoming book on Veenapani Chawla.

Padma Damodaran, Program Head from Theatre Professionals, stayed at Adishakti during her visit to South India to interact with the Adishakti team.

Adishakti hosted a carnatic vocal recital by Bombay Jayashri at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Writer Akshay Pathak from New Delhi on a two-year residency at Adishakti.

Sara Matchett, a PhD student of the University of Cape Town, and Manola Gayatri, a PhD student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University who were in collaboration with each other were on a week’s residency at Adishakti.

Teresa Prima, a dancer from Portugal, was on residency at Adishakti.

Adishakti hosted three shows of the play Unselfed directed by Sujay Saple and produced by The Company Theatre and ShapeShift, Mumbai at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Ram Ganesh Kamathan a writer, director, and theatre practitioner, and Mallika Prasad, an actor and dancer from Actors Ensemble India Forum were on residency at Adishakti to develop their new play under the observation of Veenapani Chawla. Their newly created play, hidden in plain sight, premiered at Adishakti on December 16.

Dr. Sadhana Nayak, voice medicine specialist and voice coach based in Mumbai on a residency at Adishakti for a week.

The Adishakti team participated in the Epic Women Conference organised by Anita Ratnam at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. A new percussion piece staged by Adishakti was the inaugural performance of the Conference. The Conference also witnessed Veenapani Chawla’s talk on SITA.

Adishakti hosted a retreat for eighteen participants from Mumbai and five participants from Auroville.

Rustom Bharucha and Paula Richman stayed at Adishakti on residency.

Richard Gough and Helen Gethin from Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth, UK were at Adishakti on residency. Preeti Vasudevan, a leading exponent of Bharatanatyam, staged her piece Savitri at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Rhea Chakraborty was sent by RS Entertainment, Mumbai to take a ten-day workshop at Adishakti.

Adishakti hosted the performance The quest for meaning or the coincidental encounter with a murderer by an Austrian dance compan,y cieLaroque/helene weinzierl.

Nakul Bhalla, one of the workshop participants from the 2012 batch, was at Adishakti on residency to study voice and text in more detail.

Suphala, a New York-based tabla player and composer stayed at Adishakti on residency.

Clowns Sans Frontiers, a theatre group from France were on week’s residency at Adishakti to create a new piece especially for children. It was called Clowns Vadeville and was staged for an Adishakti audience on February 28.

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, a physician, mythologist and author from Mumbai at Adishakti on residency.

Amruta Patel, a writer and painter at Adishakti on residency.

Francois Leclercq from France spent a week at Adishakti to interact with Devdutt Pattanaik, Amruta Patil, and Akshay Pathak who was already on residency.

Dr. W.J.T. Mitchell, from the University of Chicago presented a lecture on Seeing Madness with slides and film clips.

Preceded by a short film, Crazy Talk on March 22.

Shanta Gokhale was at Adishakti to have a discussion about her upcoming book on Veenapani Chawla.


Anmol Vellani, the director of IFA, with his wife Saritha and performer Arjun stayed at Adishakti for their work at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Adishakti hosted the play Land of Ashes performed by Indianostrum at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Avni Sethi, a student from Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore did her internship with Adishakti.

Arvind Lodaya a senior faculty from Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, stayed at Adishakti to monitor the work of Avni Sethi.

Fusion music performed by the music group Oxygen at Adishakti.

Kelly Williams, an actress from England stayed, to observe Adishakti’s work.

Neiha Jaiswar, Arts and Creative Industries Manager for South India at the British Council visited Adishakti.

C.S. Lakshmi, founder trustee of SPARROW, Mumbai visited Adishakti to discuss about future collaborative programmes with Adishakti.

Mahesh Rangarajan, Professor from the University of Delhi stayed at Adishakti to interact with Leela Gandhi, Professor from the University of Chicago.

Emma Agese, a theatre student from the London South Bank University came for five weeks to do her internship with Adishakti and also participated in workshops during that period.

Astrid Grosgasteiger a former PhD student who did her thesis on Adishakti in 2009 visited to study the Adishakti Archives.

Joy Brooke Fairfield, a student from the Stanford University, California, USA, was on residency at Adishakti and took part in the workshops held.

Mallika Prasad and Ram Ganesh Kamathan, theatre practitioners from the Actors Ensemble India Forum stayed at Adishakti to undergo training under Veenpani Chawla.

Parimala Inamdar, principal consultant from Aquarians Management Consultancy (P) Ltd, stayed at Adishakti to observe the work.

Kelly Williams, an actor from London stayed at Adishakti to undergo a three-day training with Veenapani Chawla.

Ravindra Tripathy from National School of Drama stayed at Adishakti to interact with Veenapani Chawla about Adishakti’s work.

Shanta Gokhale stayed at Adishakti to interact with Veenapani Chawla and collect materials for her book.

Harsha Vaishnav, Los Angeles a former student of Veenapani Chawla, stayed at Adishakti.

Inder Bajwa, one of the workshop participants, stayed for two-month residency at Adishakti.

Devina Dutta stayed at Adishakti to observe the workshop sessions.

Rajeev Sethi, founder of the Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi stayed at Adishakti.

Leela Gandhi, Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago stayed at Adishakti.

Megha Malhotra, The Seagull Foundation for the Arts stayed at Adishakti during her visit to Pondicherry.

Anmol Vellani and Sarita Vellani, India Foundation For Arts, Bangalore stayed at Adishakti to discuss the residency programme at Adishakti.

Rustom Barucha, an independent writer from Kolkatta was at Adishakti to discuss its future programmes.

Santiago Moreno and Carl Raymond Theodore Kocmoud from Chicago stayed at Adishakti.

Moving Asia Project began at Adishakti in which performers, directors, and producers from Korea and Japan were in residency for a month. This collaboration with Adishakti Artists will lead future artistic exchanges. Adishakti and the Korean Artists exchanged performances at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil with Rati Jafer, Inko Centre as visiting guest.

Aparna Nadiem, an actor and writer stayed at Adishakti on a short-term residency and took part in its day-to-day activities.

Jothi Dogra, a dancer, stayed on a short-term residency.

Andreas Lubber, Ved Segan, the architect of Prithvi Theatre, Ian Mackintosh, a theatre architect from the UK, and Vishnu Kolleri, an architect student from Ahmadabad, visited and stayed at Adishakti to discuss future collaboration.

Johs Telgrad from Denmark visited and stayed at Adishakti.


A poetry workshop took place at Adishakti from 1st to 5th April 2010 in which poets Arshia Sattar, Vivek Narayanan, Jeet Thayil, Anand Thakore and Sampadanand Mishra participated. The poetic elements of the Ramayana were the main theme of this session.

Katkatha Puppets Arts Trust from New Delhi headed by Vishal K Dar performed the play About Ram at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Artistic Director, Veenapani Chawla was invited to participate in a debate on Collaborations at the Alchemy Festival on the South Bank, London. She also led a ten-day workshop for Directors at the Directors Forum at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK.

Chhanda Shastra expert , Sampadananda Mishra was called once a week to give Sanskrit classes for the Adishakti Artists.

Kalaripayattu guru Ramesan Lakshman was invited for a week to give classes for the Adishakti Artists.

Adishakti hosted the performance titled Ki Ra Kozhambu directed by Rajiv Krishnan and performed by Iswar Srikumar, Malavika P.C, and Anand Sami on April 16.

Chhanda Shastra expert Samapanada Mishra took classes on voice and the Sanskrit language once a week.

Sujatha Goel, dancer on a residency program at Adishakti, performed her work in progress at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil on May 9.

Performing Artist Malavika PC stayed at Adishakti for a week to undergo voice training with the Artistic Director, Veenapani Chawla.

Adishakti hosted the performance titled Ki Ra Kozhambu on May 10, was directed by Rajiv Krishnan and performed by Iswar Srikumar, Malavika P.C, and Anand Sami.

Kalaripayattu guru Ramesan Lakshman was invited for a week to give classes for the Adishakti artists.

Adnan Cyka, a theatre director from Turkey statyed at Adishakti to shoot a documentary on Kalaripayattu.

Nineteen students and five teachers from the Bombay International School, underwent a day’s workshop at Adishakti.

Kalaripayattu guru Ramesan Lakshman was invited to give classes for the Adishakti artists.

Eight Aravanies/ transgender with two Artists from Auroville spent half a day in Adishakti to do their work rehearsals.

Chhanda Shastra expert Samapanada Mishra took classes on voice and the Sanskrit language once a week.

Khalid Mohammed, a film director from Mumbai stayed at Adisahkti with his team of actors, who were there to undergo voice training under Veenapani Chawla.

Astrid Grosgasteiger, an Assistant Director from Germany stayed at Adishakti.

Kalaripayattu guru Ramesan Lakshman was invited to give classes for the Adishakti artists.

Ten Korean theatre practitioners recommended by the Inko Centre, Chennai visited Adishakti to learn about its activities.

Adishakti’s production Brhannala was staged at the “Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil” for visiting Korean artists.

Chenda Percussionist, Unni Krishnan from Kerala was invited to give classes for the Adishakti Artists.

Adishakti hosted an Indian Contemporary dance performance by Veena Basavarajaiah.

Shrunga, a trainee from Rangashankara, stayed for two weeks to undergo training at Adishakti.

Rustom Bharucha and Devina Dutt stayed at Adishakti to work on the forthcoming Ramayana Festival.

Ramesan Lakshman, Kalaripayattu guru was invited for a week to give classes for the Adishakti artists.

Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan stayed at Adishakti for a week to transliterate the Ramayana Festival 2010 papers.

Sunil Bannur and 3 artistes from Moon Fool, UK visited and interacted with Adishakti.

Voice Workshop for National School of Drama, Bangalore held. 23 actors from Mysore participated in the Workshop.

Gaurav Saini, Delhi, a former trainee with Adishakti, stayed for one week at Adishakti to work on his film script.

Ramesh Guruji from Kerala took his final sessions with Adishakti for the financial year.

Ninety students and four teachers from the Bombay International School, Mumbai spent a day at Adishakti to watch a performance and to learn about Adishakti’s activities.

Poetry Workshop took place at Adishakti , organised by German Book Office, New Delhi. The following persons, namely, Akshay Pathak , Sadaf Raza, Mary Theresa Kurkalang, DW Gibson, Zoe Skoulding , William N Herbert, Alexandra Buchler, Raphael Urweider, and Roselyn Esibille participated.

Performance by Sapphire Creations, an Indo-Swiss Dance program from Kolkata, at Adishakti.

Shrunga a trainee from Rangashankara stayed for 6 days undergo training at Adishakti.

Writer and actor Ram Ganesh Kamatham and Mallika Prasad from Bangalore stayed for 3 days at Adishakti.

Tata Capital personnel visited Adishakti to assess its viability as a weekend retreat for its Management.

Anuja from Mumbai stayed for 3 days at Adishakti.

Soorya Festival Held at Adishakti ( Performance by Pridharshni Govind, Ranjani Gajathri (Karnatic musical) , Neiveli Santhanagopalan (Karnatic vocal) Parvathi Gandhasala.

Paula Richman from USA stayed at Adishakti to consult the archives.

Adishakti hosted a Flute Concert Performed by Julian Sauer 13/14 yrs old ,who has won the first prize in his age group for all of Germany in Jeunesse Muasical for two consecutive years.

Italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta and his team from Norway conducted a dance workshop at Adishakti in November and a performance on the November 29 and 30 called the The Surprised Body Project.

Lakshmi Holmstorm from UK Stayed at Adishakti and read from her poetry.

Conference on Religious Pluralism, supported by the Ford Foundation was held at Adishakti in which the following experts working towards religious pluralism participated: Ravina Agarwal – Ford Foundation Shubha Chaudhari – AIIS Deeti Ray -Agha Khan Foundation Moushmi Bhowmik Bhargavi Narayanan – NFSC Shabnam Virmani – Srishti School of Design Rustom Bharucha Keval Dhaliwal – Manch Rangmanch Jaychandran – Attakalari Madhusree Dutta – Majlis Manch Megha Malhotra – Peaceworks.

The third Ramayana Festival supported by the Ford Foundation, New Delhi took place at Adishakti’s Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil. Rustom Bharucha was the Festival Director. It had discussions, performances and screening of films on the Ramayana. Experts from various parts of the world participated in this festival to give lectures and performances.

A Thumri Concert by Vidushi Purinma Chaudhury and group took place at the Sir Rata Koothu Kovil.

The following invitees visited and stayed at Adishakti for the Ramayana Poetry Workshop: Arshia Sattar, Vivek Narayanan, Jeet Thayil, Anand Thakore, Sampadanand Mishra.

Vishal K. Dar with his team named “Katkatha Puppets Arts Trust” visited Adishakti.

Sujatha Goel, a dancer, was on residency at Adishakti for her work.


Barbara Curie, a pastor from the USA, on Residency at Adishakti.

Jason Luckett, a musician from USA, on Residency at Adishakti campus.

Josslyne Luckett a Writer from USA on Residency at Adishakti campus.

Adishakti team performed The Rhinoceros at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil for a group of students headed by Ms. Ewa Ferens from Germany.

A Therukoothu performance group called Sri Jayapriya Medai Nadaga Mandram staged a play named Mel Malayanur Ankalaparameshwari Magathuvam at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Ms. Amelia Neumann – Samek from the Asian Heritage Foundation held a meeting with Visual Artists of Pondicherry and Auroville which took place at the Adishakti campus.

Nimmy Raphel performed Mohiniyattam and Deepa Suresh performed Bharathanatiyam for visiting workshop participants.

Adishakti hosted Padmini Chettur’s dance company.

World Premier of Beautiful Thing 1 at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil by Padmini Chettur’s dance company before it toured Europe.

Vasanthi Sankaranarayan, a writer from Chennai, stayed at Adishakti for ten days to transliterate the Ramayana Workshop recordings which took place in March, 2009 for Adishakti’s website.

Ms. Risha Kim Lee, a PhD student from California, began a six-month residency at Adishakti.

Adishakti Artists performed Ottan Thullal, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattan and a Contemporary Percussion Ensemble at Seagull’s for the Department of Tourism, Pondicherry. Ms. Kumari Selja, minister for the Department of Tourism, New Delhi was the chief guest for the occasion.

Nangiar Koothu performance by Usha Nangiar and team at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil, which was organised by the French School of Asia Studies, Pondicherry for their annual Sanskrit Conference.

Jyothi Dogra from Bangalore gave a performance named The Doorway at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Koothu-p-pattarai students from Chennai performed Arjunan Thapasu at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Anand Swamy, a Koothu-p-pattarai student, commenced a six-month residency to observe the work happening in Adishakti.

Rustom Bharucha an independent writer, director and cultural critic from Kolkatta stayed at Adishakti to work towards the Adishakti Ramayana Festival in March 2010. He was the Festival’s Director.

Usha Nangiyar, a Nangiyar Koothu Artist and V.K.K Hariharan, a Mizhavu player from Kerala gave a week-long session to the Adishakti team on netra abhinaya and percussion.

Ashavari Majumdar, a dancer from Kolkata, performed a Kathak dance at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Katherine Kasdorf, a student from New York, on Residency at Adishakti.

Vasanthi Sankaranarayan, a writer from Chennai, stayed at Adishakti to transliterate the archival material on the RDTT supported research sessions which took place in October 2008.

A three-day Puppet Workshop was held at Adishakti in which puppeteers from Andhra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Orissa participated.

Eeshwaran Unni, a specialist in Koodiyattam, was invited to give sessions on Koodiyattam Rhythms for the Adishakti Artists.

Jan Cornall, a writer and a theatre practitioner from Australia, on Residency at Adishakti for a week.

Adishakti hosted a three-month residency named Sangam House Writer’s Residency headed by Ms. Arshia Sattar and Mr. David Williams Gibson in which the following writers from all over the world participated: Janhavi Acharekar, Xaver Bayer, Ram Ganesh Kamathan, Lars Husum, Ajay Krishnan, Abha Iyengar, Claus Ankerson, Perumal Murugan, Manav Kaul. The following writers joined the Sangam Writer’s Residency: Madhulika Liddle, David Williams Gibson, Bharavi, Vinoth, Haam Seong Ho, Stephan Thome, Mike Tryon, Carlos Eduardo de Magalhaes, Srilata.

Adishakti’s Managing Trustee, Veenapani Chawla took a ten-day “Travel and Learning” visit to Indonesia with Rustom Homi Bharucha.

Adishakti hosted a ten-day Butoh Workshop organised by Auroville.

Arundhati Nag, Sophia Stepf, Andrea Gronemeyer and Gayathri Krishna from Rangashankara, Bangalore stayed at Adishakti to observe Adishakti’s craft practice and discuss Contemporary and Traditional Art forms.

The following invitees visited and stayed at Adishakti during the Ramayana Festival: Kavalam Narayana Panikkar with his team named “Sopanam Institute of Performing Arts and Research Center” of twenty seven artists, Udayan Vajpeyi, Arshia Sattar, Sri Janardhan Dev Goswami with his team named “Sri Uttar Kamalabari Satra” of twenty-five artists, Parasmoni Dutta, Madan Gopal Singh with team of three artists, Vladimir Iatsenko, Sardono Kusumo, Iskander Loedin, Jhumur Bhattacharya, Samik Bandyopadhyay, Prithvirajeshkumar with his team of nineteen Yakshagana artists, MN Karassery, Asis Tharuvana, Sara Joseph, Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan, Venkatachalapathy, Sadanand Menon, Radhika Bordia, Srisurang Poolthupya, Aruna Sairam with her team of four artists, G. Venu with his team “Natanakairali” of five artists, Devina Dutt, Sunil Kothari, Padmavathi Rao.

Forty-four students with their teachers from Kattai Kuttu Kalari Sangam, Kanchipuram visited Adishakti to watch the performance Sita Parityagam during the Ramayana Festival.


Performance by Rafiki, a theatre group from Bangalore: The Island by Athol Fugard.

Dance performance by Nirmala Shesadri and Naveen Hershall.

Ramesh Lakshman, Kalaripayyatu Guru from Kerala came to give a ten-day class.

Session on the Ramayana attended by Sara Joseph, Arshiya Sattar, Vasanthy Shankaranarayanan, Amol Palekar, Sandya Ghokale, Sathya Saran, Neena Gupta, Meenakshi Doctor and Adishakti. The main focus was on the Malayalam Ramayana.

Adishakti’s ten-day workshop with students of the Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University.

Dr. Prahlad Ron held a workshop with Adishakti.

Lucia King, a painter and film maker from London, was at Adishakti for a month, to create a work with Veenapani Chawla and Vinay Kumar, which resulted in a film with Vinay Kumar performing in it.

A second session on the Ramayana had MD Muthukumaraswamy and Dr. Leela Gandhi addressing Adishakti, Arshia Sattar, and Vasanthi Shankarnarayanan. The first spoke on the folklore from Tamil Nadu, and the second on how to read text in a post-colonial world. The session was followed by a Terakoothu performance called Mayil Ravanan.

Electronic City, a work in progress from Chennai, supported by Goethe Institute and directed by German Director Johannas was rehearsed at Adishakti. It was subsequently performed at the Metro Plus Theater fest in Chennai on August 3.

As part of a project supported by the Department of Culture, Government of India to archive the Panchamugha Mizhavu, a group of people came to Adishakti to document Adishakti’s prototype made according to the original at the Tiruvarur temple.

Performance of Rhinoceros for Seok Kyu Choi, festival director from Korea.

A Ramayana session on the Kamban Ramayana and the Ramayana in Koodiyattam performance was addressed by Dr David Schulman. It was attended by Ms. Arshia Sattar, Ms. Sara Joseph, Mr. Sunam Mukherji, Mr Shaupon Bose, Ms. Vasanthi Sankaranarayan, and Adishakti.

R. Ramesan, Kalaripayyatu Guru from Kerela came to teach Adishakti and students from Edayanchavadi and Morattandi. Sessions also included classes in computer literacy, driving, Health and Hygiene.

Astrid Grosgasteiges from Germany on Residency at Adishakti in October to write her PhD Thesis about Adishakti.

The following experts attended a Research workshop for a 15-day conference at Adishakti: Koodiyattam Guru Kalamandalam Sivamnamboodri and his assistant Kalamandalam Ravikumar from Kerela, three Samvedic experts Vasudevan Namboodiri, Kunju Vasudeva,n and Sreejith from Kerala; Muthukumaraswamy from NFSC; two Thullal Gurus, Kalamandalam Gopinathaprabha and Kalamandalam Mohanakrishnan from Kerala; Padayani Guru Prof. Kadammanitta Vasudevapillai from Kerala; three Koothu performers headed by Shanmugam from Kanchipuram, and Ramesan, Kalaripayattu master from Kerala.

Rebecca Pothan stayed at Adishakti in the first week of November to teach speciality cooking to the village ladies.

Adishakti hosted the Sangam House Writer’s Residency at Adishakti from November 5, 2008 to February 6, 2009. Writers from all over the world participated.

Mr. Anish Victor from the IFA stayed at Adishakti to interview Ms. Veenapani Chawla.

Opera Director from UK, Julia Hollander, Residency at Adishakti.

Paula Richman addressed Adishakti on the Ramayana.

Lakshmi Holmstrom addressed Adishakti on the Ramayana.

Tom Alter performed Maulana at Adishakti’s Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

About ninety school children from Mumbai schools visited Adishakti to see the campus and learn about the activities happening here.

Anurag Vithani and his wife from Germany on Residency at Adishakti.

Abhisekh Thapar, an M.B.A. student from Pune began his one month stay at Adishakti as field experience towards his project: Theatre Arts Management.

The fifteen-day Ramayana Festival took place at Adishakti’s Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil. It had discussions, performances and screening of films on Ramayana. Experts from various parts of the world participated in this grand festival to give lectures and performances.


In April 2007 Adishakti showed three performances of The Hare and the Tortoise in Bangalore — April 13, 14, and 15. This was done gratis for the TFA. The performances helped the production to mature.

In mid-April Adishakti hosted Swiss dancer Jean-Marc Heim and six Indian dancers from Kalakshetra. Jean-Marc was creating a contemporary performance with these Bharatanatyam dancers, which later travelled to Europe.

From April end to May Adishakti hosted two performers from Columbia. One of these performers – Susana Uribe – conducted a ten-day workshop on body technique. On May 7, she gave a performance at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil based on a collection of poems by Columbian poets.

At the end of April Adishakti worked with percussion maestro Ishwaran Unni, as a preparation towards its performances of Ganapati in May at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

In May Adishakti performed Ganapati in Hamburg, Germany at Kampnagel for the Polyzentral.

From May 12 to 18, Veenapani Chawla went to Paris, at her own expense, to meet with collaborators there who hope to set up a program called Painting and Theatre at Adishakti in 2008. This is part of Adishakti’s program titled Horizontal Connections, which seeks to connect theatre with other genres. We hope to invite painters from all over the world to this program at Adishakti.

In June Dr Leela Gandhi, Professor, English Department, University of Chicago, visited Adishakti. As the team was working on Rhinoceros, she advised them on the thought behind the Theatre of the Absurd.

Yasmine Jandanlala performed at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Mime performance by Dhrupad.

A performance of To the Death of my Own Family by Farah Bala , directed by Peter Ratrey, at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

In August, Adishakti interacted with dancer Rakini Devi, the Asialink Fellow from Australia, who stayed at Adishakti on a one-month Residency.

In August, Adishakti also hosted a three-day workshop between Arshia Sattar and Visual Artists from all over India. The theme was Women from the Ramayana.

From August into September Adishakti hosted two dancers from Brussels on a residency at Adishakti. They performed their work The Night Life for Adishakti on August 25.

In early November, Veenapani Chawla went to Portugal to conduct a workshop for actors, dancers and singers. She was supported by the Orient Foundation.

In the same month Jean Marc Heim returned with a six member company of dancers on a one-month residency at Adishakti.

In December three musicians from Brussels stayed at Adishakti to create work which was performed in Adishakti at the end of their stay.

At the end of December Sujata Goel, a dancer from Brussels, returned for three weeks to rework her piece Nightlife.

The Hare and the Tortoise was performed at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil for Arian Bergh, festival director of the Linz Festival.

Ishwaranunni, Mizhavu master from Kerala trained the Adishakti Actors for five days at the end of December.

Performance of Ganapati at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil for Sandro Lenin – festival director from Switzerland.

Adishakti hosted and conducted its first International and National Workshop in January 2008. It was the first time that essentially Indian techniques of performance valid for contemporary theatre were imparted to a national and international constituency.
Adishakti hosted a week long seminar and workshop by Majlis in mid February 2008.

Artistic Director Veenapani Chawla was invited to be on the Editorial Board of a new theatre journal being published by Routledge UK and launched by the Performance Studies Department at the University of Leeds.


In early May, Writer and Director Prabal Kumar from Mumbai brought his play Binodini Devi to Adishakti. It was performed at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil on May 7 by Uday Chandra and Kumkum Mazumdar.

In June Adishakti hosted fifty students from JB Petit School from Mumbai and offered them a workshop.

In June Adishakti hosted the following experts from Australia at Adishakti on Residency to work on various projects:

Ammanda Macdonald, an academic who was at Adishakti to extend her reflections upon the relation between the comic and the caricatural in facial representations of emotions. And, for that matter, witnessing Adishakti’s work further informed her in the calligraphy of the body.

Dr. Bronte Adams (BA Phd (Oxon)) visited Adishakti for a 3 week residence to research the influence of culture on cross-cultural interpretations of Shakespeare. She also worked with Adishakti personnel to explore potential cultural initiatives between India and Australia.

Claire Murray visited Adishakti for a two-week Residency to work on a pan-Asian project reviewing the use of traditional building and construction techniques in contemporary architecture.

In the same month Adishakti gave a workshop cum picnic to thirty students from Deepanam, a village school in Auroville for physically challenged children.

Adishakti hosted three theatre persons, Imogene, an actor from the UK, Srimoyee, an actor from Kolkota, and Ana, a Ph.D. student from Paris, France, in July on Residency. These actors wanted to observe and be informed by Adishakti’s theatre work processes.

In August Adishakti invited percussionist Ishwaran Unni from the Kerala Kalamandalam for a period of four days to give a refresher course to the Adishakti team, so as to prepare them for their performance of Ganapati in Frankfurt at the end of September.

A French play, Les Histories Dun Grain De’ Sel, directed by Claude Jocteur Monrozier and performed by Bharavi Mahadeviya was performed at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil, at Adishakti on August 20. As a double bill Adishakti performed some moments of its work in progress The Hare & The Tortoise.

The city of Munich, Germany, offered a residency program to the Adishakti team to create a performance piece titled Impressions of Munich. The Adishakti team stayed at the international residency house called Villa Walberta for this and at the end of one month they performed the new work at the Gaistag cultural complex at Munich.

In mid October Adishakti held a ten-day puppetry performance by L. Rajappa at its campus.

On November 12, Adishakti hosted a performance by the Signum String Quartet from Germany, who played Mozart at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil. This was courtesy the Goethe Institute, German Consulate, Lufthansa, and The Hindu. The performance was a huge success and highlighted the versatility and competence of the theatre space. It awoke interest in various performing quarters as an excellent venue for performance.

As a consequence, Adishakti hosted Ladislav Brosman from former Czechoslovakia, who gave a solo concert on the violin on December 3.

Adishakti hosted two persons on an ASIA LINK Fellowship from Australia for a two-month period. One of them, Tim Dragaville, is a musician, and the other, Rosalie Hastwell, an Arts Manager.

A half-hour music piece created by Tim Dagerville with Adishakti was performed at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil, Adishakti.

Rosalie Dagerville created a program for the village children coming from the surrounding villages, at Adishakti, which will be carried forward by Adishakti in the future.

Performance by Isai Mayyam Trust Pondicherry for the children of neighbouring villages at the Sir Rattan Tata Koothu Kovil in Adishakti. In February, 2007 Artistic Director of Adishakti – Veenapani went to speak at the Berkshire Conference, USA on Art in the growing new economies of India and China.

Adishakti again hosted the team of Mid Summer Night’s Dream and British director Tim Supple for a month during their rehearsals of the play.

In late February and early March the Adishakti team led workshops at Heggedo on Breath in Performance Practice, for the performers of Ninasaam.

Performance by Darb al Harir. A music concert featuring artists from Rajastan, Spain, Algeria, Kerala ,Gujarat at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Cie Tour de Cirque – a circus program by circus and mime artists from France.

In mid-March Adishakti hosted and participated in an SRTT-supported Translation Workshop. The Workshop was attended by stalwarts like Girish Karnard, NA Muthuswamy, Professor Ramanujam, Lakshmi Holstrom, Sadanand Menon, Vasanthi Shankaranarayan, Shantha Ghohkale, Ashok Bhalla, and others.

Shooting of a Marathi play directed by Shivaji Sinha at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

Play reading of Gowri Ramanarayan’s new play, The Flame of the Forest.

Play reading of C.N Sreekandan Nair’s Kanchana Seetha by Yamuna and the Madras Players.

Performance of STATIONS by Khalid and Yola at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil.

In March, Veenapani Chawla was invited to the University of Leeds to speak at an International Seminar to present Adishakti’s performance methodologies.


A one-day workshop given to verbally challenged students at our campus.

Stained Glass workshop with Sangeetha K.J.

Mizhavu class by Iswaranunni from Kerala.

Hosted children affected by the tsunami at Adishakti campus.

Hosted children from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram School.

Conducted workshop for students from Bombay.

Ganapati performance for visitors from Australia and England.

Puppet show for visitors from Australia and England.

Ganapati performance for theatre directors from America.

Puppet performance for theatre directors from America.

Hosted teachers and students from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram School.

Hosted Agarbati-making workshop for two days for tsunami-affected young women from Nagapattinam.

Puppet show for tsunami-affected young women from Nagapattinam.

Workshop on the film shooting of Brhannala with film maker Soundhamini.

Sixty orphaned children from Pondicherry came to Adishakti to attend a workshop organised by the Rotary club of Pondicherry.

Dance, Thullal, Puppet and Music shows for Rotary Club visitors at Adishakti.

A film shooting of L Rajjapa’s puppet performances.

Kalaripayattu workshop given by Ramesh Lakshman.

Butter and Mashed Banana, a performance by young urban performers from Bangalore.

Ashtanga Yoga and Jazz Dancing work by Emmanuella from Luxemberg.

Puppet show for mentally challenged children from Bharathi Dasan College, Pondicherry.

Puppet festival for ten days at Adishakti.

French Director Georges Lavaudant staged the play The Maids at Adishkati.

Adishakti hosted British Director Tim Supple’s Rehearsals of Mid Summer Night’s Dream.

In March 2006 Becket Scholar and Director Sarajane Scaife from Ireland held a Becket Workshop at Adishakti, which was attended by mid-career actors and other experts from South Asia. It resulted in the creation of five Becket plays which were performed by these actors at the Sir Ratan Tata Koothu Kovil on March 17 for the public. The visiting actors were housed at Adishakti.

George Allopaty, a shadow puppeteer from Spain, stayed at Adishakti to interact with residential traditional Tamil shadow puppeteer L. Rajappa.


Adishakti’s month long Winter Workshop in Decmber 2003 –January 2004, between a Noh performer from Japan, a Koodiyattam performer from Kerala and Adishakti, with observers and participants from different parts of the world and from different disciplines was the outcome of a long investigation by Adishakti into Breath { begun in 1987} as an instrument of performance expression. It was also the result of earlier explorations investigating the impact of inter regional, inter cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues in performance and was Adishakti’s first such event on an international and national scale. It opened up further vistas into the following areas for all the collaborators involved:
Performance techniques. The investigation in the use of breath, voice, body movements, and music and of such components as narrative and poetry in Noh, Koodiyattam, Ottan Tullal and Adishakti’s practice clearly stimulated all the collaborators who agreed that this sharing in technique and philosophy was going to contribute to their own performance praxis .

The nature of traditional art practice in Asia, {as both Noh and Koodiyattam are traditional forms } the need for it to evolve, its dialogue with the contemporary,{ Noh and Koodiyattam with Adishakti} and the need for greater self awareness in traditional performance practice, the need for a hybrid aesthetic in Asian Arts and the implications of globalization for all aesthetics.
The impact of an interdisciplinary input into the arts and the possibilities and advantages of admitting such inputs. Indeed the presence and contributions of persons from a variety of field besides those of the arts made this investigation sharper.
Chandasasthra expert Mr.Sampadananda Mishra in collaboration with Adishakti trained the Tappattam performers. 7th – 18th June 2004
Thappattam artists from Thanjavur– Senior Mathiazhagan & Junior Mathiazhagan in collaboration with Adishakti, trained Pondicherry University Students – organized as Kalam from 4th to 18th June 04
One day workshop for forty-five Juvenile Remand Home students in Pondicherry, conducted by the Adishakti team in collaboration with Rotary club of Pondicherry, on 23rd June 04
Theatre Workshop by Hector Arisgizabal from Columbia for Adishakti and for performers from Auroville 17th July 2004
Adishakti conducted a workshop for school children from Goa 25th July 2004
Marco Lully and Adishakti conducted a workshop on Commedia dell’ Arte and on Breath Technique respectively. This was for seven days at Adishakti, for twenty actors from all over India and was part of the Prithvi Theatre Festival. From 7th November to 14th November.
Twenty one day Residency for two contemporary French dancers Mr.Michel Kelemenis and Ms.Caroline and one Indian dancer Mr.Abilash from Bangalore. New work was created in this period and performed at Adishakti before a major world tour. The French Embassy and the Alliance Francaise du Pondicherry supported the Residency. December 20th 2004 to 10th January 2005.

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