What do you think of this new venture?
It’s a great idea and I congratulate Kalamandalam Calcutta, especially those behind it—Jita Roy Chowdhury and Sunita Chowdhurie.
Why do you you feel there is a need to revive Bharatanatyam?
There is general sense of deterioration in cultural values. Calcutta has a strong cultural heritage... dance is an integral part of it.
What did you expect to achieve as the first artist to have been invited for the workshops?
I focused on the spirituality of this dance form. Technique played a major part, but a revival indicates holistic understanding, including inner philosophy and outer manifestation.
How did you find the Calcutta students?
I found them to be receptive and talented.
What about Calcutta? Did you sense a decline in cultural values?
I have been in Calcutta many times and I have noticed a gradual deterioration.
Can you explain...