Sunday, 22 February 2015

6 pm to 4 am - dancers' busy circuit

The Natyanjali circuit can be a very punishing one. 

The 35-member group of guru Sheela Unnikrishnan started their first recital at about 6.30 pm one day and went to sleep at 4 am, after four recitals on the trot in one night.
And as they ended the last, they got a call from the Natyanjali team at Gangaikondacholapuram, asking if the group could perform at that heritage site.

Groups like that of Sheela work on a well-oiled machine and can carry off their shows under pressure. 

They look like professionals when they arrive at a venue. But there will be people who will argue that children must not be stretched.

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