The Flip Side

Many years ago, when I was even younger, even more naive than I am today, I met an elderly gentlemen through the dance industry. He seemed kind and helpful… He knew of, and idolised, my grandfather and affectionately called me his natuni (granddaughter). He was influential, well known, well read, polite and warm… it didn’t seem like I had any reason to suspect him of anything. He insisted on organising a show for me and I, a young dancer, dying to jump at any opportunity and overwhelmed by the generosity, flew to another city to be able to dance there. That was the first…

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On Rigidity

Classical artists often get accused of being overly rigid. I’ve faced that accusation on several occasions, most often on occasions when I’ve disliked a performance or a concept. The first time I tried to collaborate with a non-classical dancer, I felt horribly thrown. I had never improvised before. I didn’t know how to let myself go and how to make it up as I went along. I…

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Anamika - Searching For Krishna

We took a bow at the first shows of Anamika this Thursday night. I can’t describe the moment. I walked off stage after a standing ovation and I just fell to the ground, unable to handle the overwhelming feeling. One of my co-dancers hugged me and said - We did it, we pulled it off! Congratulations! And I closed my eyes and told myself never to forget that moment. I look back on the time…

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Starting Again

As performing artists, one wears many hats - those of a dancer, choreographer, production manager, designer, critic - and personally, I revel in the many aspects of the Performing Arts. This blog is a place for me to place my thoughts. Not as a scholar or a critic of the arts, but simply as a thinking artiste. I hope that this space will grow to include analyses, reviews, debates and discussions…

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