Padma Menon

Mudra Centre for Dance

Mudra was started in August 2005 in Kochi India by Padma Menon. Within a short time it has already created a new space for dance and its meaning in life in Kochi.

Mudra has several levels of working with dance. The core level is through classes based on the Dhuman technique. Apart from this, advanced and professional dancers and teachers are taught at choreographic levels. They share the work that they have created at Mudra’s public forums.

Mudra has hosted international visitors and companies including the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company from USA, Gunvor Karlsen from Norway (as part of New Visions 2006), Danica Anderson, internationally renowned psychiatrist and pioneer of the Kolo method of working with women and many other visiting students and participants from Europe, USA and Australia.

Mudra does outreach work amongst organisations and schools in Kochi and other cities. These include performances for the “Say No To Violence” campaign run by Oxfam in Madras, training teachers at Raksha, an organisation working with physically challenged children, women’s shelters and in schools.

Mudra has 3 main strands in its work- in its practice and implementation they overlap and enrich each other.

. Mudra for a new dance culture
. Mudra for women
. Mudra for professional artists