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Dancing and singing divine stories

Richa Jain lives and breathes kathak. Trained in Hindustani classical vocal music also, she is among the few who exhibit the rare quality of divine dancing and singing simultaneously while presenting abhinaya (expressions) on thumri, dadra, ghazals, geet and more. This weekend, November 9, 2013, she will be performing Sufi compositions aptly titled Tere Ishq Nachaya, under the Kala Kunj umbrella.Born to dancer parents, Jain has been performing professionally since 2008. Her performances are a blend of three gharanas—Lucknow, Benaras

Dance of life with Tulsi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath’s latest book Master of Arts: A Life in Dance is all about her gurus VP Dhananjayan and his wife Shanta and the journey to establish themselves as Bharatnatyam dancers. In the book, Badrinath has combined her twin passion of writing and dancing. She trained under VP Dhananjayan and Shanta in Bharata Natyam from the age of eight and has performed in India and abroad. After her graduation in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Madras, Tulsi Badrinath did

Moksha through Odissi

From the epics to modern times, the world of women faces the same turmoil, as Odissi exponent Ranjana Gauhar explored in Tejasa. The story of four women from Ramayana—Sita, Kaikeyi, Surapnakha, Mandodari—Tejasa blended a woman’s many moods and expressions. The dance drama incorporated four styles—Ranjana Gauhar moved through Sita’s emotions in Odissi, Uma Dogra as Kaikeyi performed Kathak, Gopika Varma dancing Mohiniyattam as Surpankha was enchanting and Deepika Reddy as Mandodari expressed herself through Kuchipudi. Tejasa focussed on the inner

Talent has no fences to it

Remember those mesmerising performances on wheelchairs in the reality show India’s Got Talent, those swirling wheelchairs in Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’, the guy who rocked the stage without his legs or that blind girl who sang melodiously in the auditions of Indian Idol junior or the T20 world cup for the blind. Such talents are not made, they are born and they need to be nurtured as a diamond needs to be polished and shaped. India is full of such talent;