Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Pampi thirdeyefell

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

www.thirdeyefell.com

 

Additional Links: 
Somerville Open Studios, May 2012
Artist + Performer - Celebrity Series Street Pianos Festival, Oct 2013
Somerville Open Studios Wearable Art Show, May 2013
Somerville Open Studios, May 2013

I Have Worked With

  • March 2019

    in relation with Belle Gund since 2014

  • October 2018

    in relation with Mass Art SIM student group since Apr 2018

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Aparna (Pampi)
Job Title/Position: 
digital mixed media performance artist + poet
Physical Address: 
12 Rockland Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Last Name: 
Das

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Design - General
Design - Fashion
Design - Graphic
Humanities - General
Literary Arts - Poetry
Media - General
Media - Digital
Media - Marketing / Advertising
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - General
Theater - General
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Cartooning / Graphic Novel
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Year Founded: 
2013
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Marketing Services
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
4
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
BENGALI FOLK + INDIAN CLASSICAL 1983-87, 1989-92 Bengali Natok in Kolkata, India then Beavercreek, OH 1989-92, 1995-96 Bharata Natyam training + Arangetram (Dance Graduation), Nalanda School, Columbus, OH then West Palm Beach, FL
PERFORMANCE + VIDEO 2001 Bachelor of Science in Art & Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Coursework included performance art and architecture* Harvard Extension School, Cambridge, Coursework included video art.
MARTIAL ARTS 2008-current Capoeria Angola con Mestre Deraldo Ferreira, Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA * 2015-current Kalari Yoga with Pradhuman Nayak, Cambridge, MA.
COMMUNITY THEATER 2013 Bread and Puppet 2011 Community Theater Workshop with Julian Boal, Boston, MA.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE 2019 aMaSSiT Choreography Course at Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA 2018 Contemporary Dance Making Training through Lion’s Jaw Festival.
Awards: 
2019 Recipient of New England Foundation for the Arts Dance Fund
2017 City of Boston Opportunity Fund to develop AbunDANCE
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
caravan
wireless mic
basic lighting
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$40,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Design
Literature
Media
Music
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200