Mohanrao K for Kallianpurkar - a lesser known strapping man of Kathak, on whom a well-researched book by Guru Shama Bhate and arts activist Arshiya Sethi has just been published by Sterling. He strode tall, figuratively, artistically and literally. Student of Shama tai and polyglot, Shilpa Bhide has strung the tale together, ably. The book is a delight for dance buffs, especially Kathak ones.
Art is beyond borders or caste. First be an artiste (all through the book artist without an e ending has been used, again very American, because by convention one uses artist for fine arts and with an e at end, for performing) than be anything else. That's what my mother M.K. Saroja taught me. Having just lost her 2 weeks ago (June 13), I was not up to writing any column but this one is 20 years old (my association with narthaki, through various avatars/ columns) and one lesson mother leaves us with is: WORK IS WORSHIP. Jo kaam liya woh pura karo -Professional commitment.
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