In every collaboration I attempt to cross intellectual frontiers as well as geographic ones. What
can I learn, How can I grow? These are my constant questions.
My first interaction with a modern painter was I admit very, very intimidating. Anjolie Ela Menon is
a celebrated name in the art world. Her women are glamorous, langorous, wide eyed, slightly sad,
long loose hair...elongated fingers held in specific compositions. Her Kerala background emerges in
many of her works, which are combined with the wandering eye of a traveller. I too had to become
a philosopher without a system. Using many bits of information from our conversations together, I
began working on PECULIARLY AWKWARD GRACE.
How did I combine the dynamics of still life and the mobility of the unspoken word? If I remained in
the classical Bharatanatyam mode, I could not have explored the range of movement possible to
best respond and interpret her work. I became aware of the delicate process of selection. How do
two Indian artists make sense of each other's work aesthetically, sensibly? My training in
Bharatanatyam had conditioned me to a certain way of moving. But my body was supple enough
to attempt many other discoveries...and I, like many urban women went to exercise class, taking
calisthenics, yoga and TaiChi for additional strength and flexibility. So I looked at the entire
vocabulary of movement that I contained in my body as sedimentation and drew from there.
It was the most difficult 25 minute presentation I had ever done.