The Pushpanjali Six

Bringing together six Bharathanatyam dancers who hadn’t worked together before was a bold move that Dr. Geetha Upadhaya took when she wrote to us mooting the idea that we participate in the Pushpanjali item she had in mind for the grand celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kala Sangam at Bradford. As it turned out,…

Tradition continues… and changes

I had the opportunity to catch some live Korean music this week and a chance to speak to its practitioners, albeit only briefly. The hosts, on a work visit to Seoul, treated us to some great traditional music, hospitality and of course, food. I have always wondered about the irresistible allure of tradition for official…

Music and dance: The relationship

‘Old habits die hard’ I said to myself as I read Anita Ratnam’s comments on Saayujya, a collaboration between musician and dancer, the dancer being Priyadharshini Govind. Anita’s detailed account of Priya akka’s aharya fiasco brought back old memories as a teenager when the seniors and juniors at Abhinayasudha, my alma mater, used to perform…