Workshops, Collaborations, and Applications for Fellowships

The Aseemkala Initiative Choreography and Research Fellowships

Are you a medical, healthcare, arts, or dance student or professional?

Are you passionate about improving medical care for the underprivileged and supporting indigenous rights?

Are you a dancer or artist with a traditional arts background?

We need you.

Please consider applying for either the choreographer or researcher positions below. Applications are due June 30th with a decision made on August 7th and on December 31st with a decision made by January 7th every year.

To apply, please send an email to Shilpa Darivemula at with the following:

  1. Short bio and background with dance and medicine (5-6 sentences)
  2. Your personal vision of how traditional arts and medicine combine (5-6 sentences)
  3. Your proposed dance choreographies for the year
  4. Your CV


Choreographer: One year position


  • Choreograph a minimum of two pieces by the end of the appointment. One piece must be a part of the history and physical series. The second piece must involve a parallel between mythology and medicine. 
  • Attend once-a-month online meetings with monthly video submissions of work progress 
  • Must set up recording space and videographer and record in traditional attire. Videos must be sent to one month before the end of the appointment. Aseemkala will fund up to $100 dollars in costs. 
  • Write an article about the process of choreography for publication. Aseemkala will assist with publication
  •  Must interview patients or physicians or people associated with the cause to create socially aware, just choreography and must present your final work for that audience if they desire,  i.e. work with a refugee NGO if choreographing a piece in displacement, etc.


  • Will submit your work for multiple festivals over your year. All costs associated with attending the festival are your own. 
  • Will support poster or oral presentations of your work 
  • Will share your work on our sites 
  • Will include you in planning ideas for the year


Researcher: One Year Position


  • Use interviews and qualitative studies to collect stories and beliefs about a community’s understanding of health behaviors
  • Communities should be indigenous or marginalized communities who face social stigma
  • Must submit IRB approvals to own institution before starting. Aseemkala will help with this. 
  • Must follow ethical principles at all times and must fill out all photo and information consent releases. Aseemkala will provide these. 
  • Must show final research back to the people you interviewed and report their feedback
  • Topics can include: Peripartum/Postpartum Care (traditional beliefs, customs, foods, ceremonies, songs, wisdom, personal stories)
    • Childbirth
    • Menstrual cycles and Womanhood (how do they see this?)
    • Pregnancy
    • Food and medicine
    • Traditional medicines associated with childbirth and postpartum care
    • Environmental health and how their cultures understand the relationship between women and environments
    • Violence in their communities
    • Understanding displacement
  • Must submit a minimum of one article by the end of the year for blog or journal publication


  • Will support in publication and training in research methods 
  • Will support in editing your work
  • Will support in submitting your work to conferences for oral and poster presentations and publication, with you as first author
  • All costs are your own. 


Interested in Collaborating?

We are excited to collaborate with any artist or medical professional with an idea. Please email us at, share your idea and background, and let us know what you have in mind. 

Interested in Having a Workshop?

We do workshops on traditional dance in medicine for medical and non medical providers and students. We have done several workshops for conferences and are happy to meet your community. Send us an email about what you are looking for to and we will respond quickly.