Pampi is founder of In Divine Company, an activist multimedia contemporary temple dance theater collective. A 20+ year newcomer-settler-resident of Massachuset and Wompanoag land, Pampi is a darker-skinned nonbinary second-genx casteD-Bengali culture worker who flourishes the intersection of healing and education and develops community-centered art that releases creative potential and drives collective change-making.
Only recently it dawned on them that they have been developing a contemporary version of the natak - a musical dancetheater form indigenous to S. Asia - one rooted in its complex histories and one seeded in them since childhood. Each timethey perform Pampi hopes to acknowledge the complex history of colonialism (both European and Hindu) in forms weknow as temple dance and kathak that ultimately was born as repressive economic sanction on womxn (compelled to liveas courtesan/ sex workers) who were and remain of communities treated as low or out of caste (Dalit); they acknowledgethe more recent (continued and violent) history that allowed temple dance to be acceptable for upper-caste people (likethemself) to perform. Here are some projects they've been working on. Solo.Playwriting Lotus Brothers, since 2016. Mini musical dance theater bits #ne0natak, since 2014. to explore wellness intimately. They've been a moth, a bear, a Prince and even a sex educator Expressive arts healing workshops - since 2015, developed and have been facilitating "i am a universe," xplicit care, "we are economic theorists," "we are forests." and AbunDANCE, a community meditative dance and song initiative In collective.As a NEFA Dance Grant recipient (their first regional dance grant), they are creating a training program in the Chhau dance form with teacher Pradhuman Nayak. includes producing a manuscript on Chhau dance which hopes to lift up the Adivasi (indigenous) origins of dance theater forms. Jataka Fables, In Divine Company Politics Begins at Home, since 2011- performance installation series activating individual responsibility towards justice Please get in touch with them to learn more about AbunDANCE, a meditative movement and song initiative for wellness in community! Instagram @ thirdeyefell #ne0natak #fauxKathak #t3mpl3dance #meditativedancesong