It’s ahead of rains that peacocks dance, fanning out their fancy feathers. But it’s after the monsoons that a ritual art with costume remindful of the pretty bird spreads across a clutch of shrines in God’s Own Country.
Monsoon 2017 is making a slow advancement upcountry even as the earth is moist in the capital, where a three-concert evening saw a couple of monsoon ragas rendered this week. What all make the classical tunes stimulating?
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.