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Suvvadu - October 2000 - Back Stage

Speaking about the appeal of production "Suvvadu", ANITA RATNAM, Artistic Director of Suvvadu, who does not perform in the work, says:
"Suvvadu (Three steps to...) had been in the making for quite a while with a skein of ideas and impressions that I gathered from dance workshops I conduct with young urban students all over the world. The challenges that the youth of today face, weave their way into this moving production that is an imprint of their emotional turmoils and their courage to tread their own path."

REVATHY SANKKARAN, Stage artiste and principal figure in the show enthused:
"Suvvadu was an absolutely enjoyable experience for me. Anita gave me complete freedom to interpret my role and I really "freaked" out!! I have been criticised for my harsh portrayal of the dance teacher but I spoke from the heart and the criticism doesn't bother me. Anita is one person who calls a spade a spade and she let me reflect the reality as I saw it!

Working with school children was also an eye opener - I had to teach them history, tell them the kind of leaders we once had as against the role models they have today! I really enjoyed building beautiful bridges over the generation gap and provoking new thoughts in their minds."

AARTI BODANI, senior dancer, Arangham Dance Theatre comments:
"Working with young student participants was a whole new approach. They had so many sensitive questions and it was our task to ensure the concept was clearly understood. Looking at things from their perspective also helped us evolve the work to captivate young audiences. This production like all Anita Akka's work, isn't something you applaud and forget about - it tends to linger in the mind and develops your own creativity too! I really felt so nice performing this work in so many schools."