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Kiraṇ Kumār (b.1983) is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and writer. His work focuses on unpacking understandings of the human body-mind through a trifold practice of dance as art, science and spi/ritual, and on proposals for change that these understandings hold for our world today.

Rooted primarily in his somatic practices of Haṭha yoga and traditional Indic temple dancing, his research unfolds through critical, conceptual and artistic inquiries into premodern Indic cosmologies. In his works, these transdisciplinary inquires come to dialogue with pressing personal and planetary problems, through performance, writing, video, installation and archiving as modes of publication.

Following initial study in mechanical engineering at National University of Singapore (2006), he holds an MFA in new media art from City University of Hong Kong (2012) and an MA in dance from Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (2014). Since 2015 his independent artistic research has been supported by the National Arts Council Singapore, Dance Nucleus (Singapore), Literary Colloquium Berlin and Robert Bosch Foundation. Recent research fellowships include Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (2016-18), Volkswagen Foundation’s ‘Arts & Science in Motion’ program (2016-19), Academy for Theatre and Digitality (2021) and Akademie Schloss Solitude (2022).

Alongside his independent practice, in 2019 he co-founded the Sono-Choreographic Collective together with Kerstin Ergenzinger and Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari; a collective for transdisciplinary art and research.