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Tuesday, 8 November 2022
Josh and Joshi; Shruti and Smriti - Dance Matters: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar
Natya is an all encompassing art. It partakes of drama, of course, dance, music and literature. NSD or National School of Drama is the epicentre of post- independence theatre training and movement. The great Ebrahim Alkazi gave it leadership, when it delinked from the SNA in the mid 1970s. I recall those days and times, when at helm of SNA, my father had great friendship with Alkazi sahib and yet they had to fight for a cause! Pula (Deshpande) often stayed with us when he would come from Pune or Bombay those days to attend SNA meetings. There were a few hotels but he had bonds with our family from Baroda days of the 1960s. Even when NSD delinked from SNA, Alkazi sahib kept his friendship with Mohan ji. Those days, people kept the personal away from the professional. Mutual respect was there for work, not judgeMENTAL attitude!