Friday, 27 January 2017

The return of the native - TRENDING by Ashish Mohan Khokar

Thomas Hardy remains the most enduring novelist writing stories based mostly on pastoral England. His Far From the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d’Urbervilles remain compulsory school readings for students of English literature. Mimi Partha Sarthy’s return to the stage was no less meaningful. A hiatus of 14 years is like Ram's vanvas and Mimi left the stage for family reasons. Nay, she was forced on stage because of her persistent mother who saw her potential then and now.
Seeing her return to stage performance was like a mini wedding event, full of assorted socialites and stars of dance in Bangalore. The night of Jan 16th (Ayn Rand, another classic), Mimi chose that day to be back in reckoning. Her daughter Hamsini did the intros and then her guru Padmini Ravi conducted the show by walking on stage casually and regaling the audiences with her dead pan delivery.  She is the eternal aunt of dance, having taught many in Malleswaram area. (What Mylapore is to Madras, Malleswaram and Basavanagudi - hence Mal-gudi - are to Bangalore). Padmini "aunty" can count two generations of dancers as students to her credit  because she started teaching very young as the "neighborhood dance class aunt." That she has class and is not crass (like new teachers calling themselves NATIONAL when they are notional) shows solid work has no substitute or competition. Corporate honchos Kiran Mazumdar, Sunil Alagh, (Padmini did state corporate Bangalore does precious little for dance culture) super bureaucrat and patron Chiranjiv Singh, educationist Vimala Rangachar and many local dancers like Sridevi Unni, Lakshmi Gopalaswami, Subashini Vasanth were in attendance, filling the Chowdiah hall to the brim.  

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  1. With respect to training in basics, I wholeheartedly agree. Those who do cannot stand up to the factory types though. It gets harder to keep the motivation going. Maybe a job better done outside of "Mera Bharath Mahan", from personal experience.

  2. Mr Ashish Mohan Khokar - just read your irritated rambling, dry sarcasm - really? and scathing ( rather pedestrian) criticism of the " Notional - National frog in the well artist, that has not been to Delhi - even once ?" Don't you think a well qualified, all knowing person like you, should be constructive in your criticism of the mentioned organizer? could you have done something positive for the festival? may be you were ignored ? I occasionally visit Bangalore and have heard good things about the " Frog artist's" so called "factory school". If you have better ideas about running the school, why don't you share it with the artist? - Grow up and be of the stature - you are supposedly perceived with - I do not.