Ranga Mandira School of Performing Arts and Research Academy works on building a social bonding exercise between art practitioners and histories. By tutoring students in what is essentially Bharatanatyam but in its subaltern form with realized histories, we make dance practice more empathetic. We are also deeply involved in the documentation and archiving of these hereditary artistes communities (ethnographic field works, films, practice intensives, community work etc) and have residency programs at various spaces around India and work in rural areas of folk and Sadir traditions. We conduct workshops, seminars, performances and platforms for a discourse on art, value and history.
Radio Ranga Mandira
The FIRST EVER PIONEERING dedicated online radio channel for voices on history, arts, religion, folklore, women and much more.
- Documenting the various aspects of performing arts, the hereditary artists, folklorists, historians and others.
- Preserving the rare manuscripts and archiving them.
- A special team works on the field to conserve tangible materials such as palm leaves
On Field with Hereditary Artists
- Holding workshops and seminars based on our field research, to not just imbibe repertoires from the hereditary artistes, but also learn their social context in entirety
- Ranga Mandira works on getting Pension under the scheme of Ministry of Culture for the hereditary artists
Ranga Mandira showcased a film ‘Courtesans of Bombay’, which discusses the sensitive, issues such as stigma and patriarchy faced by the artistes.
Reconstruction of Nayak Period dance repertoires
RangaMandira students learnt and performed 'Sivalila', a Nayak period repertoire this year.
Gondhal, also a Nayak period dance is widely performed by the repertory.
Arts In Partnership (AIP)
This is a project that Ranga Mandira Trust has initiated to work with organisations / individuals who work in similar areas of interest as ours. We will identify and engage with their projects to learn, understand, share and help forge partnerships at various levels
Ek Potlee Ret Ki engages with the politics of art and artistry. They are an activist collective working with indigenous artist and artisan communities, understanding cultural identity and the need to expand political action to preserve them.
Theory of Knowledge
Ranga Mandira creates space to question the way Knowledge is imparted. As a part of this, students, scholars and participants from different disciplines are invited to question and analyze ideas of Knowledge.
Creating space for young artists in different avenues
Ranga Mandira strongly believes in creating self-sustained artistes. We have created a platform where students can earn while learn about different aspects of performance management such as stage décor, photography, designing, organizing, etc.
Ranga Mandira conducts regular heritage tours to the temples in Tamil Nadu where subjects like temple architecture, history, context and iconography is introduced to the students. Through this, the students are given a holistic view about Bharatanatyam by placing the arts in a social context.