Joyce Kakariyil Paul is an accomplished Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer who believes that dance is a wonderful medium that can transport you to a level of consciousness that is difficult to reach otherwise. She is the founder of three different organizations worldwide:
- Abhivyakti Karyashaala (NGO - S-18332/1987)
- SCARF Global (501c3)
In addition to being a dancer and choreographer, Joyce is a trained Anthropologist having completed her Ph.D in Indian classical dance history, anthropology of performance physiology and Interdisciplinary work in performing arts and sciences. Some of her work in Exercise Physiology include Anthropometry and injury patterns among Indian Classical dancers within their cultural, socio-economic and genetic context.
Her professional career in digital technology has seen her flourish in Instructional Design, Content Publishing, HCI, UX Design research and Insights strategy for hypothesis driven product development.
- Why Dance?
- Teaching Blending Worlds
- The Anthropology of Movement
- My Gurus
- ARPAN Academy
My academic background in Human Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology helped me analyze the world of temple dances in a more practical and scientific manner. Students respond well to the detailed analysis of each Adavu, Mandala or the bhaava behind a character in a storyline especially when I was able to transpose a character into the current social context. It enabled my students to see real-life relevance in an ancient art form.
My success metrics lie in using my knowledge of Physiology and Kinesiology as well as my personal experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer to tweak instructional patterns on a per-student basis.
I have had the distinct honour of being nourished under the tutelage of the following distinguished personalities.
- Leela Samson – Director of Kalakshetra | Faculty - Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (1986 - 1994)
- Prof C.V. Chandrasekhar – former Head of Dept of Dance, Baroda University (1993, 2005, 2011) and his daughters Manjari and Chithra (1994 to 2000)
- Prof A. Janardhanan – former Principal, Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra Foundation
- Prof. M R Krishnamoorthy – retired professor, Kalakshetra Foundation.
- Kalamandalam Gopinath (Mohiniattam)
My formal learning was through two prestigious performing arts institutions in New Delhi namely Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. I started training at these institutes with leading gurus from the year 1986. Prior to that I had 3 years of informal training with local teachers in my community.
The seeds of ARPAN started as early as November 2002. It was triggered by the ambient state of Indian classical and folk dance traditions here in Washington.
Having recently moved from India, I was on the lookout for venues where I could nourish and grow my art form. After two years, I realized that I needed to do something. I needed to convey what India meant to me. I needed to reach out and communicate how dance is integrated into the lives of people in India. How it transcends from the mundane to the spiritual. How it is inextricably linked to the air that each one of us breathe as we grow up in the vibrant soil of India.
And so ARPAN was born. An offering.
An outpouring of the essence of rhythm in joy across continents. An exposition of what it means to dance the various folk dances from different states in India. Feel the joys and aspirations of the simple village folk.
An offering to the artists of yesteryears who laid the foundations of classical art forms that are so unique to India. That have their roots in scripture as old as 2000 yrs. My attempt to bring an India that is close to my heart not just as a dancer but as a daughter of the soil that has nourished me with dance, music, joy, love, compassion and strength.
A humble offering to the city of Seattle.
- Content Design
- Instructional Design
- UX Design
- Design Research
- Strategic Research
- Hypothesis Driven Experimentation
- Ability to identify key improvement areas, do root cause analysis and increase usability through content design