Hands – The Power of Two

    Last night was filled with an intense discussion between two architects and myself about the authority of attributing value to any art-form. Though the discussion was centered around the visual arts and the complex opinions that are polarised into “art for art’s sake” on one side and the idea of “form follows function” on the other, my take-away viz. a vis 45 Days … Continue reading Hands – The Power of Two

Arms – Catch and Release

  For most dancers honing their craft and body is an endeavour that stretches across a lifetime. It is a journey of the self through arduous hours of training, of bending and breaking the body into various positions, and drilling movement, sequences and steps within that same body. It is often about reaching a place within that is untapped, scared and unknown, and asking it … Continue reading Arms – Catch and Release

Upper Torso : The Dhak- Dhak-Queen

  Sticking to the Bollywood theme of yesterday and moving upwards in the body of a dancer, for 45 Days of Dance Stories, I give you the upper torso, and the woman who has made her on and off screen dancing career with the -chest-thrust – the Dhak-Dhak-Queen : Madhuri Dixit.   Similar to the pelvic-thrust discussed yesterday this upper-torso movement finds resonance in traditional … Continue reading Upper Torso : The Dhak- Dhak-Queen

Legs : Carry Me to the Moon and Back

      As a twelve year old fiddling around with my Das’s turntable and rummaging through his LP collection, I would often come across the strange, the weird and the wonderful. The “star” in this last category of pure joy and wonder had to be the soft and smooth notes of Frank Sinatara’s voice, carrying over melodies composed by the likes of Michel Philippe-Gérard and Anka. … Continue reading Legs : Carry Me to the Moon and Back

Looking back, Looking at LIFE

These black and white photographs done over the years for LIFE magazine, are a treasure of mood and heritage regarding the Indian Dancer. Like a portal into the past, we see perhaps an “exotification” of the Indian Dancer. But, at the very same time we see historical artefact, how true these are, is for our own subjective judgements, but here they are, in their time-bound … Continue reading Looking back, Looking at LIFE

A Dance Story for 30th November 2014 : Radha’s Dance (1951)

The 1951 Film “The River” by Jean Renoir, was an adaptation of a work of the same name by Rumer Godden. The literary work was a slightly autobiographical coming of age story, where reality and fantasy merge to instil life lessons that go far beyond the mundane. In the film, this revelation of “life truths” is achieved in part through the dramatisation of the fantasy … Continue reading A Dance Story for 30th November 2014 : Radha’s Dance (1951)