Mission: to bridge traditional performance and digital media
AuroApaar is a pioneering dance-film collective based in rural South India.
Located in the officially ‘undefinable’ area between Pondicherry and Auroville in Tamil Nadu, the movement away from ‘centres’ to in-between spaces is reflected in its choice of geographical and artistic location.
The lone Indian voice in over a decade and half in the genre of dance-films,(their first dance-film was commissioned by Channel 4 in 2007), AuroApaar has pioneered many aspects of the cross-fertilisation of dance and film in India.
The intersection of poetry, performance and film have inspired their art work which have been exhibited across very diverse platforms- from national and international dance and film festivals to emerging spaces for contemporary art.
Ashavari Majumdar (a.k.a. Vajrasara) was a National Scholarship recipient for the duration of her Kathak training from childhood to adulthood in Padatik, Calcutta under Pt Vijay Shankar Ashavari graduated from St Stephens College with a BA (Eng Hons) and a first class MA (Eng) from the University of Delhi. She was awarded a full tuition waiver and a stipend towards a PhD in English Literature from Emory University, US. A year into the program- Vajrasara opted out to return to India and completed her Kathak training in Kalashram, Delhi under Pt Birju Maharaj. Ashavari has been evolving a new movement idiom and her performance work has been supported by bodies as diverse as the Sangeet Natak Akademi, ICCR, Goethe Institut, IFA, Channel 4 and Sarai on national and international platforms. Ashavari had seeded the Gati dance forum in Delhi.
Abhyuday Khaitan (a.k.a. Prem), has worked with film since his teenage, eventually studying it in University of Arts, London, St Xavier’s Institute of Mass Communication, Calcutta and LV Prasad Film and TV Academy (P G Diploma). Abhyuday was invited for the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2009. His student films were selected for the very first digital film festival in India. Since then, he has worked in Bollywood and regional cinema as an assistant and subsequently been the DOP in both national and international fiction and documentary film. He has directed his own award-winning projects. His latest documentary, ‘Who Says the Lepchas are Vanishing’ was commissioned by the Films Division of India, has screened at various international festivals including the Kolkata Int’l Film Festival, SIGNS (Kerala) and The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival (UK). It was shortlisted for the National Awards. It was awarded ‘Best Film’ at Cinemistica, Spain and Special Jury Mention at the 17th Mumbai International Film Festival.
Abhyuday writes Hindi poetry and has been a regular presence at performance poetry events. His light design for live performance has been critically acclaimed.