"My relationship with Kathak is a tricky one. It has so many layers and each shines out in response to where I am in my life in a different way. Art, discipline, rhythm, culture, age old traditions, exercise. To study, to move, to feel, to emote. How can you experience all of these routes all at the same time? The idea is to allow yourself to fail, to allow the form to fully take control of you before you can begin to control it in your own specific way. My journey in kathak has been one giant contrast, two gurus, two styles, two minds. Each unique in their own way, each rooting back to tradition in very different ways. So as a result I was taught to make each movement my own, to find my own journey through each moment and turn it into something new. With time I’ve let my mind fall deeper into the world of rhythm and kathak is no longer just a set of beautiful movements for me. Everybody’s journey in dance takes it’s own shape with time, and after dancing my whole life, only now do I feel like my body is beginning to internalise each movement in correspondence with it’s history. Every quick spin, flick of the wrist, shift of the eye has a story, and it’ll take me a lifetime to figure it all out."
Saloni, July 2018.
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