World Theatre Day

Its world theatre day. I am looking back on my own journey through theatre. Having a mother whose unfulfilled dream was arangetram, she insisted that I learnt Bharatnatyam and did my vidwat. My only claim to independence is that I refused to the arangetram this remains a bone of contention between us. I remember crafting …

Naraka-Chaturdashi

Today is   Narakachaturdashi, The organic nature of this festival doesn’t cease to amaze me. Growing we heard the story of Narakasura who  captured 1600 women, made them his slaves eventually Krishna the Yadava rescued them. The legend also as it that Narakasura could only be killed by his mother. As Deepavali approaches kids begin collecting trash like old clothes, and old news …

World Gypsy day

One of the dance forms we learnt in our Bharatnatyam curriculum was the gypsy dance, the costume would vivid, with gold spangles, and colourful hair tassels’, a tambourine in the hand and quick beats. Most of us loved it for the sheer energy it created. Gypsies seemed exotic. Gypsies the Nomads.. Travelling in caravans, in …