Monday, February 19, 2018

Department of Dance, Arts Management - Meeting Suhita Thatte and Jhelum Paranjpe

As part of our 'Meet the Experts' initiative we had the good fortune of meeting Suhita Thatte and Jhelum Paranjpe who were in town end of January for a performance. I asked them if hey could spend a couple of hours with the students and they were most happy to oblige. Dr. Sivaraju, the Head of the Department of Dance was his usual encouraging self and we got the idea event going.
Sitting front row - Anjali, Anuradha, Sravya
Sitting second row - Anitha, Sreedevi, Shwetha, Sravani, Shravanthy, Veena, Sharada
Standing - Sneha, Sreedivya, Suhita, Me, Jhelum, Hiranmayi and Sreedevi
Jhelum, an award winning Odissi dancer who runs the popular dance academy 'Smitalay' (named after her childhood friend Smita Patil) in Mumbai, spoke of the importance of a learning mindset, of being able to improvise and of practice. She recounted tales of her days with the great Odissi maestro Kelucharan Mohapatra and how he would be very strict in practice and how loving he would be towards his students later.

Suhita, an award winning film and TV artiste spoke of the importance of  being able to recall from memory, clarity of expression and losing one's inhibitions.

It was a freewheeling talk and the students asked several questions. 

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