He was in Thanjavur, read about the dance fest here and dashed down. So the organizers invited him on stage and honored him.
Alastair, who once worked for the Financial Times in London says he is touring India to write on dance and on temple sculpture.
"It's part leisure part work," he says backstage, clutching his ponnadai.
When he gets back home Alastair will write two long pieces and blog on his tour.