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A drum-jam workshop by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts will be conducted by musician and drummer Vasundhara Das

Would you fancy a drum-jam workshop to explore the link between rhythm and movement? This hands-on demonstration at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (ACMA) seeks to understand rhythm through dance, according to Jayachandran Palazhy, founder and artistic director, ACMA.

“This centre is a contemporary dance institution offering an opportunity to explore the inter-connectedness between rhythm and movement. This workshop and seminar by musician Vasundhara Das does not require participants to have prior musical experience,” says Jayachandran.

Introduction to Drum Circle Facilitation is designed to deliver the basic information required for participants to facilitate a drum circle, according to ACMA. It will include elements of rhythm, voice and body musicality with some elements of movement, says Jayachandran.

“Our workshops are accessible to people with varying ability in rhythm and movement. In an organic way, we will move from expanding our sonic awareness to exploring the use of our bodies as instruments. Drums and percussion instruments will be provided, but participants are allowed to bring their own instruments as well,” he adds.

Speaking of its relevance, Vasundhara says “Drum circles are a wonderful way to bring the community together. Attakkalari believes in a blend of Indian performance traditions and skills taken from around the globe. Participants can discover different cultures through percussion that would further help their movement.”

Vasundhara’s team facilitates programmes that expose participants to elements of music such as rhythm, melody and harmony, and encourages creativity using movement and storytelling in a format that is interactive and engaging. “It is a great feeling to be part of community jams, and that is the way we give back to a city that has given us so much,” says Vasundhara, who has been trained by the founder of drum-jam, Arthur Hull in Hawaii, with her husband Roberto Narain, who is also a drummer. For more than a decade she and her team are facilitating drum-jams for various corporates, communities, schools and colleges.

The drum-jam will be held on November 3 from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm at Attakkalari studios, Wilson Garden. For details, call 9972950973.

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