Who is Abhija Sivakala ?

Abhija Sivakala

Abhija holds a degree in Applied arts from college of Fine Arts, Trivandrum. In 2002 she started her career as an animator at Amrita viswa vidya peetam, Coimbatore. In 2003 she moved to Bangalore seeking better opportunities in the field of design and animation. Soon she could find a job as an animator cum graphic designer in an E-learning company. As new opportunities came her way, she made progressive changes, polishing her technical knowledge and applying it for better prospects.

During this time, she started learning Indian classical dance forms Kathak from Guru Muralimohan and Odissi from Guru Sharmila Mukherjee.
She has been a part of Nadam ensemble and sanjali centre for dance in Bangalore. She has performed kathak, odissi, and Indian folk dances at various stages in and around Bangalore. She also got training in contemporary dance at Nritaruthya, a Bangalore based contemporary dance company. She has attended

All these time she was working with a multinational IT company in Bangalore, as visual designer.

In 2009 she left her job and continued to do her own design works as a freelancer and also pursued her passion as a dancer.
In 2010 She was invited to Abhinaya Theatre Research centre in order to act in their play Macbeth. She played the lead role of Lady Macbeth. This has marked her entry to theatre. Soon after the first production, she worked with Elias Cohen, a renowned theatre practitioner and director from Chile. The project LAS INDIAS was a mile stone in her career as an actor. Being a multicultural community theatre project it helped her to get involved in a new style of theatre and fetched her chance to meet and work with people from Latin American theatre culture. Soon after this project there was another project which was also a multi cultural venture under the direction of Elias Cohen.

She has participated in many dance/ theatre workshops during the period of her practice. Her association with Abhinaya continues and she has worked with more directors there. ‘Invisible cities' and ‘Pacha' are her recent theatre projects. Both the plays have already staged at 8 venues across Kerala.

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