Durga Mani Maran

Durga Mani Maran

Teaching Artist (Dance)

The founder of Tripataka Singapore, Durga debuted in Bharathanatyam at the age of 16 under the able guidance of the late Cultural Medallion recipient, Viswakala Bharathi Smt. Neila Sathyalingam. She later trained under the guidance of the late Kalaimamani Smt. Krishnaveni Lakshman, principal of Kalakshetra College of Fine arts in Chennai.

She went on to train at the Dancer’s Guild in Kolkata where she studied “Navanrithya”. Durga holds a Master of Arts in Arts Pedagogy and Practice from Goldsmiths University of London, a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts with a Dance major from Deakin University Australia and a Specialist Diploma In Arts Education from the National Institute of Education Singapore.

She also holds a Certificate in Working and Facilitating the Learning of Children with special needs In the Arts.

Durga has independently presented her works at festivals, conferences and artists’ residencies with the support of the National Arts Council, The Arts Fund and the National Youth Council of Singapore over the past 20 years.

Durga’s choreographic works are based on the study of dance ‘in’ its environment. She is interested in transforming practice to make effective the learning and embodiment of Bharathanatyam through performance, research and dialogue.