Selecting six gestures distinctive to Anita, was the first step to innovation.
"The way I stand with my hands on my hips was one, brushing my hair back (a constant gesture
during rehearsals!) was another, wiping my nose (a very bad habit I must say!) with my hand, the
way I shrug my shoulders when I talk, the way I crouch down looking for lost things under furniture
(especially our family pet dogs!), and the imperious call for a taxi mostly when I am in New York,
helped create the movements!" chuckled Anita.
"Helped by New York choreographer Jaan Freeman I completed UNRAVELLED and THIS IS THE
PICTURE based on six of my personal gestures. Whenever I have performed these dances the
reaction has been unanimous astonishment. How is it possible for a woman like me who has a
larger-than-life image in her country to actually make fun of herself? "Laugh and the world laughs
with you", my grandmother said in her own unique Tamil aphorism. By refusing to become the
perfectly manicured cover girl that media in India is determined to fashion me into, I have given
myself permission to fail and to continue my journey."