Inviting Young People to Apply for Odissi: Dance for Humanity


Nirmal Jena ALEG Director teaching in NIDA Photo by Rudolf Rindler

The Arts & Life Education Gurukul Ltd (ALEG)

Free Professional Training in Odissi Dance and Music & Life Skills

The Arts & Life Education Gurukul Ltd (ALEG), an Australian charity, in partnership with Ausdance NSW, Indian Support Centre and Horizon Theatre Company Ltd invites young people in Australia to participate in Odissi: Dance for Humanity.

Odissi: Dance for Humanity is a unique arts and life skills education program for young people who are financially disadvantaged. They will be professionally trained in Odissi Indian classical dance and music (vocal and drums) by Nirmal Jena, artistic director of the Odissi Dance Company and a director of ALEG. They will also receive training in life skills, including financial literacy, arts and event management (including sound, light,
stage and set design), cross-cultural communication, marketing, sustainable living, resilience and leadership. The aim is for graduates to present/perform and teach throughout Australia and the world and also set up arts-based social enterprises. They will be global ambassadors for ALEG’s core values of creativity, diversity, humanity and sustainability.

Odissi classical dance and music, though only one of a few classical dance styles in the world, is currently not offered as an accredited qualification by any Australian higher education institution. However, we will continue to advocate so our graduates can be conferred a degree under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Duration: 3 years full-time (commencing in 2024)

Location: Sydney – venue to be confirmed in Western Sydney

Cost: Free & a stipend may be provided to help meet living costs


  • 18 – 25 years
  • Financially disadvantaged background
  • Passionate about the arts
  • Training and/or experience in dance/the arts preferred
  • High level of physical fitness


Email and tell us why you should be selected for the program and how you hope to use the training for your future.


Selected artists will be invited to attend an audition in Sydney in December 2023/ January 2024 (dates to be confirmed).

Only 15 participants will be selected for the 2024 program

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Chitrita Mukerjee, Director, ALEG


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