28 January, 2021

Leela Samson

A new initiative to revive Bharatanatyam by Kalamandalam, Calcutta, brought Leela Samson to the city.

Leela Samson

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...



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