For a Bombay-raised Gujarati who has been a Delhiite for long to have mastered the country’s classical dances from its east and south is a pleasant cultural mix. It’s a rare pan-India feat from Sonal Mansingh.
The famed Kathakali maestro is now an octogenarian, having weathered many a crisis en route. The actor-dancer’s stories of resurgence border on the incredible, much like his pre-eminence in the classical Kerala theatre.
At age 33, he set up an institution to propagate one of India’s most ancient performing arts. Bangalorean Somashekar Jois speaks about his mission to further advance Konnakkol, the vocal rendition of classical percussion syllables.