Wednesday 10 August 2022

Interview - Princess Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi on Guru Gopinath - Tapati Chowdhurie

Guru Gopinath had taught Aswathi and Puyam, the daughters of Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi at Thiruvithamcore Palace in Adyar in Madras, at the behest of Amma Maharani of Travancore, Sethu Parvathi Bayi. Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi was her daughter. Yours truly had the good fortune of asking Princess Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi, a noted writer, to tell me about her experiences in learning dance from Guru Gopinath. She said:

"My elder sister and I learnt for a brief period of time of just two months under Guru Gopinath while we were in Chennai with our whole family. Guruji was very enthusiastic and meticulous in teaching us, as our grandmother, Maharani Sethu Parvathi Bayi, was very particular in the way we were taught and kept a close watch on the words of the lyrics, or rather the sahitya. The songs were uneventful by and large.

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