Happy Independence Day !
Often I wonder what Independence and freedom mean as an artist.
Freedom in artistic choice ? In the capacity to make decisions? In expression? In the choice of vocabulary? Independence in ideology ? Financial, Independence?
I feel it is a combination of all these things. Independence and freedom are tied down to a sense of duty in social situations. As artists we don’t have this clarity of what this artistic “duty” is or if it exists at all ..... Message me your thoughts .... Waiting to hear perceptions on the ideas of artistic freedom .... something that we enjoy today only because our freedom fighters got us the essential values of physical freedom many years ago.
Very often I’m asked , “how long does it take for me to perform? Do my arangetram? Be a dancer”
The honest answer is, that I don’t know. It can take a few years or it can take twenty or more years. It depends entirely on you and your relationship with dance. Depends on your drive and determination to work hard and strive incessantly. Depends on your ability to keep going even when you hit a wall with your progress. Depends on you mental ability to go beyond your body, your spiritual strength to immerse yourself in dance and to make dance your religion.
Depends on you. Only you can answer your own question.
You can learn dancing even when you’re older. But again, everything depends on you.... #raadhakalpa#bharatanatyam#classicalindiandance#indianclassicaldance#upholdingtradition#strength#determination#progress#dance#dancer#dancerlife#danceismyreligion
And the Las summer intensive 2018 comes to an end!
It was last years intensive which turned my whole life and perspective about dance! This year was no less.
Thank you Akka. @dancerukmini for being there with us, for teaching us, for helping us to explore so many new things in art!And big thank you for this great opportunity.
We are immensely lucky to be able to spend time and learn from gurus like Sheela Unnikrishnan and Shankar Kandaswamy. I’m forever thankful to them. Thank you Harinie jeevita and Bhairavi Venkateshan for helping us out and being an inspiration.
Thank you Jayanthi Kumaresa maam.
Thank you @lshvaspace and @raadhakalpa for summer intensive.
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This picture is from a performance about 12 years ago. Narmada aunty was still there. She was my strength in many ways. I’m deeply indebted to her kindness and love. She allowed my dance to flower, to grow. I miss her dearly on many days and wish I could share what my dance life has become with her. But she has left her dance in me and for that I am ever grateful. I hope everyday that I am doing right by all my teachers.... hope that they would be proud of me. I miss them.... #dancerlife#teacher#guru#kindness#lineage#bharatanatyam#krishna#passingontraditions#raadhakalpa
Sometimes , your body just gives way.
Today was one of those days.... after a hectic month of travel and workshops, with no respite, I have fever today. So I didn’t do yoga, didn’t run, didn’t dance.... Still had to go to the studio all day for the Meeting with my new students..... And I have morning class tomorrow. And everything starts Monday!! Looking forward to a full sleep day.... where I just sleep for 24 hrs ! ( I know that won’t happen.... but I’m aiming for it ! ) ;-) #dancer#dancerlife#sleepy#raadhakalpa#travel#flights
Two days until I fly out to New York again.... just getting done with a 5 day dance intensive for my children at Raadha Kalpa, have had rehearsals for a show with my girls....the company has a performance this weekend when I’m gone; and I’ve gotten in some family time ...... months ahead have a lot of excitement! :-) lots of dancing and travel and teaching and choreography! Everything that I love
I’m back home after two weeks and I’m performing today at the Rasasvada festival , at Sevadasan in Malleshwaram, bangalore at around6:45 pm
I’m dancing some of my favourite pieces. It is a short performance , but I’m happy to be dancing in bangalore always. Thanks to Madhulita for inviting me!
I know the post is late, but if you’re around Malleshwaram please come.
There are also other artists dancing before me. So please come watch them as well. The whole evening performance starts at 5:30
It is open and free to all
Photo credit: Naveen (Tanjavur)
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Starting June 1st !
Another short bit from “Mamava Madhava”
Krishna , overwhelms me every time. Many people feel that the classical arts are disconnected to today. I feel completely connected to Bharatanatyam because in every story, every instance I am reminded of the vastness of the universe, the supreme consciousness, and my journey to find out my place in this world. This topic can never exhaust me. So therefore, I can dance Bharatanatyam with stories of Krishna and Rama and shiva and the Devi and the myriad stories of our culture .... for a long long time ...... with joy and conviction.
Music : @anilsrinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan
Video: my husband :-) #dance#bharatanatyam#improvised#danceforjoy#krishna#madhava#kesava#carnatic#classical#indianclassicaldance#indian#dancer#raadhakalpa
This is a very old picture of mine. I was still in college. Trying to figure out so many things! My teachers had just passed on and I was alone. But I remember these moments in my performing life as moments of strength.
Every couple performances, I set a goal. A goal that is possibly too far for me to reach. A goal that I have to work on so much that I’m exhausted in the weeks leading up to the performance. A goal that is based on an inadequacy I have noticed from my last performance. There have been some shows that I have been able to reach some of these goals, and I remember them with joy. The blessings and kindness of my teachers lives on in these goals. In these challenges that I present to myself. At every point, I am happy with what I have achieved but I am far from satisfied ..... when people ask me about inspiration or about motivation, I’d like to say, start small. Set small goals. But START! Don’t wait for another second, another minute, another day. Start now.... set a small goal and do it. You owe this to your teachers.
I’m thankful to my teachers for guiding me with their presence. I miss them dearly on some days. But I’m thankful to have had them. (For Narmada aunty and Sundari akka)
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I absolutely love this song “Mamava Madhava deva krishna...” spent some time improvising to it in the outdoors yesterday. My husband took this video :-) though he doesn’t like taking videos .... dance happily, dance with abandon , just dance ..... for that is how dance was meant to be. Dance is not a calculated movement.... the training and skill must allow you to eventually dance such that you have submitted to the dance. You do not control it anymore. But it controls you..... Happy world dance day! ( I know it was yesterday.... I danced yesterday, posting today :-) )
Music : Anil Srinivasan & Sikkil Gurucharan
Will try and post the longer version sometime