Sunday 27 August 2017

Teacher and taught in Sare Jahan Se Achha - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

It was like a cosy club of dance teachers and their disciples at Utsav’s efficiently organised, annual, two- day event  Sare Jahan se Achha (Aug 17 & 18) at Habitat’s  Stein auditorium, Delhi. The time of the old dance Nattuvanar gurus whose sole profession was training aspirants, has, barring rare instances where a few from the old clan still remain, been largely taken over by the innumerable dancer divas who also teach, and are the gurus of today, the occasionally voiced protest from the old guard about teachers usurping the title of gurus notwithstanding. The theme chosen this year for the festival was Guru/Shishya.

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