Are you a dancer or an actor?

A few instances this month has brought into focus a question that I have engaged with for some time now – Are you a dancer or an actor? This morning, a post on World Dance Day focused on this question through an interview with the Kudiyattam dancer Kapila Venu. Click here to read the interview….

Maya Mahal at Alchemy Festival 2016

This is a new choreographic work by Chamu Kuppuswamy in conjunction with Anna Kuppuswamy, mentored by Anusha Subramanyam and Vipul Sangoi. First shared on the 26th of May 2016 at the Alchemy Festival, Southbank centre, this new production is work is progress, incorporating a strong classical ethos and set to take the practice of classical…

Mahakavis (Sanskrit poets) on Flora!

Just superb! The imagery is so rich in this talk! The talk also so reminds me of Shumei Natural agriculture, where the relationship between the farmer and the farm is holistic – a living thing to a living thing. Naresh Keerthi, the speaker, says that Sanksrit poets are such observers of nature, and have used…

Dance imitating nature clip

Found this interesting ad which incorporated animal courtship dances as inspiration. Fiddler crabs, blue-footed Boobies, cranes, love birds, foxes and flamingo mating rituals are portrayed alongside dancers translations of these rituals!  

What is Classical? The UTKARSH Conversation

I found the UTKARSH interim sharing on the 24th of February 2016 at The Place in London very useful. I enjoyed sharing my work. It was fascinating to see the other work and how the brief was interpreted, and the discussions. It set me thinking, I’d like to share some of those thoughts here. In…

Mami, miss you….

Kshetrayya was mami’s favourite poet. She wrote in Aspects of Abinaya ‘ The greatness of these [Kshetrayya] padams lies in evoking pleasure, while elevating the soul’. So here is a Kshetrayya remix from me to mami…… Kō͘di kūse nayyayyō, mami you were gone when the Rooster crowed Monday morning..cakkani mi Muvvagōpālasāmitō galasé, you were united…

Incorporating Britain’s nature into Bharathanatyam

I know the flight of the swallow, the sound of the curlew, the grouse on the moor, the badger hole in a dry stone wall and the ubiquitous sheep poo in the National Parks of Britain. I know the feeling of heather brushing against my leg as I stride through open moorland exercising my right…

Kala Jagran: Kala Sangam’s Shivarathri celebrations

I am very taken by the name Kala Jagran. It was hard to keep awake that Saturday night, things were running late. But while managing a long list of events slotted one after another, something was bound to happen. The name Kala Jagran is very evocative, perhaps the best in the family of Kala names…

Purush Perspectives 5: Nataraj and Natawar

The uber-cool illustrator, mythologist and former medical man, Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik gave a talk at the Purush conference on the 20th of December, 2013. Mythology for Devdutt serves the role of helping to clarify people’s thinking and getting back to basics. We, as dancers, use mythology and its ubiquitous characters at length. We become these…