Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Moving requiem to Kapila Vatsyayan - the only guru of her kind - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

Sponsored and premiered by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as homage, on the death anniversary of the inimitable scholar late Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, was a virtual presentation, curated and presented by one who remained her lifelong student - namely Navina Jafa. A uniquely simple assembling of researched information, followed by an imaginatively designed collective tribute with scholars and artistes from different areas participating, Kathak Dance - New Perspectives of History Supervision and Hindol Darshan, were both reworked virtual packages of Navina's earlier live lec/dem presentations. Arguably the most persistent among myriads of aspirants functioning under Kapilaji's baton, Navina Jafa is perhaps the only one to have earned her doctorate, guided by one she refers to, as "India's first woman rishi" - widely acknowledged as an exacting and daunting teacher (though she herself refused to acknowledge that she was a guru with shishyas.).

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