Natyashastra Workshop : 5th to 11th Feb


Tantrotsav is the annual festival of Tantra celebrated for 9 days leading to Mahashivaratri, at Kalarigram. The dynamics of this festival plays through the coming together of words, wisdom, worship and ritual. Artists, Dancers, Scholars, Gurus, Sadhaks and Seekers, across the world under one roof, share their time, energy and presence into the vibrance of exchange, expression and meditation. On Mahashivaratri, this vibrance permeates every cell of every being present here, and transforms the very weave of life.

The dawn of every Tantrotsav day begins with Homam, Yoga and Kalaripayattu practice. It flows into the Natyashastra Workshop with a group of registered participants, exploring the wisdom of traditional body-mind training, performing arts, and spiritual practice. A Guru/Master, through a specific form such as Bharatanatyam, Kathakali or Mohiniyattam, leads this workshop. The dusks are essential-oiled with ambient diyas across Kalarigram, tempered with a mystic air of Satsangs and Performances, which are open to all.

The previous editions of Tantrotsav witnessed prominent personalities such as Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali), Shri. L Girish Kumar (Director Shripuram Tantric Research Centre), Ramesh Namboodri, Chennai (Sri Vidya Tradition), Shri. Lakshmana Peruvannan (Theyyam), Dr. Rajashree Warrier (Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music), Vaidya T G Vinod Kumar (Ayurveda), Swami Taponidhi – Bihar School of Yoga Tradition (Swara Yoga, Bandhas and Tattwa Shuddhi), Shri. Pappu Venugopala Rao (Educationist and Musicologist), Shri. Manumash (Bharatanyam), Shri. Rajkumar (Sri Vidya tradition), Shri. Sampadananada Mishra (Sanskrit Scholar), and many more. See the entire list


As we gear up for the sixth edition of Tantrotsav, Feb 5th to 13th 2018, we strive to make this even more purposeful in our quest to delve deeper into the philosophy and practice of Tantra, Natyashastra, Kalaripayattu, Ayurveda and Yoga. The satsangs and lectures will explore topics such as Balancing the Body through Kalari and Ayurveda, Kalari and Marma chikitsa, Siddha Yoga and Vaidyam / Silambam, Kalari and its application in traditional and contemporary performance, Sri Chakra and Sri Vidya, Saint Kabir on the body and the Formless, Contemporary issues on space and gender - Women, spine and strength, Goddess worship and tantric practices through the cosmology of Kalaripayattu. The Natyashastra Workshop this year will explore Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Mizhaav Melam, Baul Music, Tantra Yoga, Chau and Theatre.

Tantrotsav 2018, with the theme ‘forms of the formless’, is a celebration of the life infusing elements, the panchabhutas, as they grace their path from spirit to matter; a celebration of the Tattwas as they move from forms into the formless; a celebration of the dance of Shiva and Shakti, a celebration of the Sri Vidya tradition; a celebration of transformation and transmutation of existence into higher perceptive states of being.


The Mahashivarathri celebrations on Feb 13th mark the finale with the ritual of Worship, Homam and Chanting in the morning leading to Chendamelam, Thiruvathira, Kalaripayattu, Silambam, Gosha Yatra, Theyyam, Gurusi Tarpanam and other Dance and Music performances overnight.


The Natyashastra workshop nested within the 9-day Tantrotsav festival focuses on exploring the practice of Tantra in dance forms and martial arts. A Guru/Master is invited to explore a form of expression in an intensive workshop that enables participants immerse in the science and spirituality of Indian Art forms. The body movements of a number of dance forms like Theyyam, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, are based on Kalarippayattu’s energetic warrior movements. Dancers and theater artists engage in exploring emotion and movement, and the relationship with Tantra. Register Now!


FEB 5TH TO 11TH 2018

Maha Ganapathy Havanam

5:30 am to 6:00 am

Pralaya Yoga

Laurence Morlon
6:00 am to 7:30 am


Kalarigram teachers
7:30 am to 9:00 am


Sadanam Balakrishnan
10:00 am to 01:00 pm


Suresh Kaliyath
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

6 pm onwards open to all


6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Baul Music / Nada Yoga

Madhusudhan and Jayanti
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm


8:00 pm onwards

Feb 10th, 11th and 12th: Chau

Carolina Prada, a Colombian national. As a former ICCR schola, she achieved a certificate course in Odissi dance, at Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra under Smt. Priyambada Pattnaik. Furthermore, she is training in Mayurbhanj Chhau with Guru Janmejoy SaiBabu, and is a leading disciple since 2008, and one of the few female soloists of the young generation. Though her dancing career started with Classical Ballet and Modern Dance, she preferred to specialize in martial dance forms such as Tai Chi Chuan, and also explored other disciplines such as Aikido, Kung Fu, Capoeira, Belly dance, Azteca dance and Colombian swordplay at Escuela Los Cinco Elementos, Colombia. This special interest in eastern cultures, Indian philosophy, arts and aesthetics made her come across Odissi and led her to pursue it on a professional level. Widely travelled, As Guru Saibabu’s current senior disciple, knowing how valuable this art is, she feels deep responsibility to be a link between tradition and the contemporary world, between what has been taught in Mayurbhanj repeatedly for decades and the development of the art that her Guru has to offer.

Mayurbhanj Chhau is a semi classical dance of Odisha that emerged from the training arenas of Oriya soldiers, as well as other tribal and religious dance forms.

Feb 12th: A 7-hour Theatre Workshop with Paul Mathew

Former officer at the Indian Army (left the army as a non-optee to do theatre) and a successful 20 years of Corporate excellence.

Paul saw the connect between the dynamics in Theatre and those required for Corporate teams, and experimented with theatre to enable excellence under pressure at the workplace. This evolved into the methodology now known as "CorporateTheatre". He uses this methodology for facilitating experiential learning in the areas of Individual, Team, and Leadership Dynamics for enabling excellence under pressure, and in changing and challenging conditions. This includes a comprehensive interrelated behavioral package that offers experiential learning in Integration, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Change Management, Situational Leadership, and the inherent ability of Teams to enjoy the excitement of change and challenge.

Gurus/Masters who led the previous editions of Natyashastra Workshop

  • Tantrotsav 2013
    • L. Girish Kumar (Natyashastra)
    • Manu Mash (Bharatanatyam)
    • Usha Nangiar (Koodiyattam)
  • Tantrotsav 2014
    • Guru Herambanathan (Chari)
    • Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali)
    • Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniyattam)
  • Tantrotsav 2015 - Lakshmana Peruvannal (Theyyam)
  • Tantrotsav 2016 - Dr. Rajashree Warrier (Bharatanatyam)
  • Tantrotsav 2017 - Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali)

KARMA YOGA is an essential part of Kalarigram’s community lifestyle where all the participants, practitioners and residents involve in the daily activities of cleaning, cooking, gardening etc. And since we will also be gearing up for Mahashivaratri Celebrations, the whole community will come together for decorating the space with flowers. We welcome you to experience it for yourself during the Natyashastra Workshop.


Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam “The world is one family”! These 9-days bring together people across ages, nationalities, professions and art forms under one roof. Participants will be provided a dormitory accommodation and 3 times meals at the cost of Rs 700 per day.

You can also arrange your own accommodation and participate in the workshop. Click on the link for guesthouses in Auroville - http://guesthouses.auroville.org/


Tropical climate: humid with year-end monsoon. From December to March the day-time temperature range is 24 to 30°C (74 - 85ºF). From April onwards, the temperature rises and can reach a peak of about 40°C (105°F) in May-June; occasional rainfall from July starts to bring the temperature down. The main monsoon period usually starts around mid October and continues to mid December. Nights are generally about 5°C cooler than the days.


Torch, Mosquitto repellent cream/spray, Yoga Mat, Water bottle, Comfort clothing and festive wear. It’s a celebration, after all!!!


8:00 am - Sri Chakra Navavarna Pooja

10:30 am - Satsang

6pm onwards Performances - Chendamelam, Thiruvathira, Kalaripayattu, GoshaYatra, Theyyam, Gurusi Tarpanam

(Include video of Guruji speaking about Shiva-Shakti and Tantrotsav)


Welcome to the Registration page of the Natyashastra Workshop – Tantrotsav 2018.

This year you are free to choose one particular art form to train yourself, or you can go all out and indulge in all of them to surge your creative fire!


Nestled in the ancient ambience of a Gurukul, is the sanctum of Kalarigram, where the oldest martial art in the world Kalarippayattu is practiced in its originality and authenticity. Every dawn and dusk one can see a herd of disciplined feet and palms touching the ground of the Kalari in salutation to Mother Earth. Place your ears on this earth and you will hear the breath of the budding warriors as they engage in the sadhana (practice) of awareness through this martial art. 

Under the shade of ancient indigenous trees, Kalarigram is vibrant with energy as the daily rituals practiced here are an offering to nature’s elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.

Directions to reach Kalarigram from Chennai / Pondicherry by bus?

It is located just off National Highway NH32, in close proximity to Auroville Township, on the Edyanchavadi road which heads to Auroville within the Udayan premises, neighbouring Adi Shakti.

Reach koyambedu which is the largest bus terminus in Chennai. Take an express bus from here to Pondicherry that goes via Tindivanam, Moratandi toll gate. From the toll gate it is a 15 minute walk to Kalarigram. The whole journey will take you around 4 hours.

Similarly if you are coming from Pondicherry, take a bus that goes to Tindivanam from the Pondicherry main bus stand and get dropped off at Moratandi Toll Gate.


A presentation ​of ​unsung poems ​of ​the Santakaviyatris ​of ​Maharashtra

Shruthi Vishwanath presents known and unknown poems of the women warikari poets.While the warikari tradition is well known, and the songs of the warikari saints are sung throughout the region, the poetry of the women saints is not as well known. They talk about bhakti in myriad hues, going beyond the regular frameworks of worship and devotion, and take on forms and characters that we would hardly expect. [Read More]


We have been fortunate to have the support of many individuals who have been contributing their mite in making this festival happen. We are now in the process of consolidating our learnings over the last few years and creating a platform that will allow practitioners of these art forms carry out further research. We believe that it is important to rediscover our roots and preserve and protect our culture and heritage.

All these years the Masters, Artists, Speakers and Performers have graced the space of Kalarigram and risen to the occasion of Tantrotsav as an offering to the Divine principle, out of sheer goodwill. They transport us into the intangible realm of our souls. The participants and audience take back with them an experience to last lifetimes. This year, it is our sincere intention to honor and felicitate the Artists, Masters, Speakers and Performers with an honorable token of gratitude. Your support will mean a lot to us. Kindly contribute heartfully, generously and share our campaign with your circles. Here’s the link to our campaign https://www.impactguru.com/fundraiser/help-kalarigram-trust

Please call us at 0413-2622091 or email us at info@kalarigram.org for further details.


  • Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali)
  • Shri. L Girish Kumar (Director Shripuram Tantric Research Centre)
  • Shri. Lakshmana Peruvannan (Theyyam)
  • Dr. Rajashree Warrier (Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music)
  • Vaidya T G Vinod Kumar (Ayurveda)
  • Vidwaan Gopa Kumar (Mridangam. Introduced Arumuganam)
  • Swami Taponidhi – Bihar School of Yoga Tradition (Swara Yoga, Bandhas and Tattwa Shuddhi)
  • Shri. Pappu Venugopala Rao (Educationist and Musicologist)
  • Sampadananada Mishra (Sanskrit Scholar)
  • Guru B. Herambanathan (Senior most choreographer and dance teacher of the Thanjavur Nattuvanga tradition)
  • Sudheer Mullurkarn (Ashtanada Kalam)
  • Sau. Kishori Ma from Rameshwaram, daughter of Yogeeshananda Natha (Sri Vidya Tradition)
  • Vijay Bhai (Aurobindo Society)
  • Shri. Manu Mash (Bharatanyam)
  • Shri. Rajkumar (Sri Vidya tradition)
  • Prof. Ramakrishna Sharma from Mangalore (Sri Vidya Tradition)
  • Trivikraman Adigal (Sri Vidya Tradition, Kodungallur temple)
  • Prasanna Aravind (Devipuram Sri Vidya Tradition)
  • Prajosh (Sri Vidya Ingoi Malai Tradition)
  • Usha Nangiar (An Exponent of Nangiarkoothu. Koodiyattam - Ammanoor tradition)
  • V K K Hariharan (Krishnan Nambiar Mizhaav Kalari)
  • Suresh Kaliyath (Ottan Thullal Artist, and Faculty Member in Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University for Art & Culture)
  • Jayaprabha Menon (International Centre for Mohiniyattam, New Delhi)
  • Rama Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam Exponent)
  • Psalm Isadora (Tantra Yoga)
  • Neha Bhatnagar (Bharatanatyam Danseuse; Founder- President, Sarvam Foundation – NGO incubating new ideas in Indian Performing Arts)
  • Pelen Phillipe Baldini and Moucazambo Thierry (Artistic Directors - Water Carriers/Porteurs d’eau - Réunion, France)
  • Prabhat Bhaskar (Theatre)
  • Binil (Mural Artist)
  • Manoj Parameswaran (Performance Photographer)
  • Vinay Kumar – Adi Shakti
  • Laurence Morlon (Pralaya Yoga)
  • Shailaja (Film maker)
  • Aerate Sound (Electronic music)
  • Shatrugan Gurukkal (Kalaripayyat)
  • Radhika Gurukkal (Kalaripayyat)