Was founded in 1994 under patronage of His Excellency I.P.Khosla, then Ambassador of India to The Netherlands. Founder/ Director: Dr.Saskia Kersenboom (Affiliated Professor to University of Amsterdam, Dept. of Theatre Studies), Secretary/ Treasurer: Mr. Attila Szőrös.

Paramparai aims to support and foster the Performing Arts of South India, in particular of Tamilnadu. This non-profit NGO is member (N11837) of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO

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The Marapu curriculum is taught in Legénd, Hungary, and in Tamilnadu, South India by Dr. Saskia Kersenboom and local teachers; share her portrait made by Anine de Grood during one month residency in Tiruvarur.

The Smile of Tyagaraja – a journey into Bharata Natyam from Anine Singh-de Grood on Vimeo.

Saskia combined her academic studies with artistic apprenticeship: South Indian classical dance (Smt. Nandini Ramani) and the late Shri K. Ganesan (1924-1987), vocal music (Shri B. Krishnamoorthy), instrumental music (Smt.R. Ramani, Smt. Vinita Lakshmy Ramachandran and the late Shri M. Nageshwara Rao) in Chennai, Paris and Eindhoven, and, temple ritual music and dance with the late Smt.P. Ranganayaki (1914-2005) in Tiruttani.

Founder - Research

Dr. Saskia Kersenboom studied Sanskrit (with Prof.Dr. J. Gonda and Prof. Dr.V Raghavan) and Dravidian languages (with Prof.Dr. K.V. Zvelebil and Pulavar R. Kannan), Hinduism, Indian Drama and Aesthetics (with Dr. S. Gupta) and Indian Musicology (with Dr. E. te Nijenhuis). In 1984 she defended her PhD dissertation Nityasumangali with honours at the University of Utrecht (Indology, Dravidian Studies). As Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology she co-directed an International Theme group 'Orality vs. Literacy' at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in 1991-92. These years inspired her subsequent publications that investigate the oral character of Tamil verbal art and the use of interactive multimedia for their representation.

Founder - Dance

Saskia has performed extensively as soloist in Europe, America and India. She has taught at conservatories in The Netherlands, Poland and USA and was visiting professor at the Sarojini Naidu School for Performing Arts and Communication at the University of Hyderabad. In 1995 The Foundation for non-Western Music awarded Saskia a grant that enabled her to bring a full orchestra from Tamilnadu to accompany her on a tour of solo-concerts.The Internationaal Danstheater in Amsterdam invited her to collaborate in conceptualisation, scripting and to choreograph in part their evening filling program called 'Bharata Mata', or, 'Mother India'. This very successful music and dance drama toured in 1997 throughout Holland and was performed in part even in India. In 2007-2008 an updated version toured The Netherlands once more. The Kattaikkuttu Kalai Valarcci Munnerra Sangam in Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu, invited Saskia Kersenboom to give a Dasi Attam workshop in January 2001 to its professional performers.