ATTIC in dreamland as a Fulbright Fellow

Tweet Trailer -FROM THE ATTIC>Hello from Los Angeles: Pursuing dance academically has been a long term dream, almost an extension of my otherwise questioning mind even as a performer. Researching for over six years on the “Past performing traditions” for a doctoral research allowed me to discover many missing and vital links that give the […]

Rickety nuts that can’t rattle the ladder to THE ATTIC!

Tweet My previous post titled “Reflecting at the Attic” was an encomium to some of the greatest teachers/gurus I have met and been mentored by in my life. A lot of students and youngsters read my blogs, I wish to address to them about my experience as a research student/scholar at the Music Department of […]

Reflecting at THE ATTIC

Tweet Almost twenty days past the 19th of March. The day FROM THE ATTIC performance series got premiered. After all the buzz, hectic hours of work, endless phone calls, piles of paperwork and sleeplessness, there is a certain quiteous that has returned to my everyday life. Much has changed forever though after the March mid […]

Venkatamakhi, my musically mentor at THE ATTIC

Tweet The search for a  lost dance form or repertoire means it is a holistic search for its historical context, the narratives, voices etc. Putting each piece of this jig saw will reveal a better picture. Its a very exciting process but one that needs patience and perseverance. Any research work unless with un disputable […]

GYANAM (?!?) A Funny SIVAGYANAM at THE ATTIC

Tweet This is an experience I must share with my friends, readers, aspiring researchers and everyone. During my doctoral work one of the most important places of work for me was the Saraswati Mahal library, tanjavur. I still go there at least once in two months for all my continued work. It is a haven […]

Staring into the depth of the faces at the Attic

Tweet In South India one cannot ever talk of sculptures or paintings without speaking of the Cholas! They are the holy grail of South Indian fine arts. No doubt. But often we will hear modern scholars eulogize chola art by comparing them to the later works of art like that of the Nayaks or Marattas. […]

Covenant with the Attic

Tweet He was the most illustrious of his dynasty. The moment we hear his name our minds will wander to the temple city of the South- Madurai  He ruled from Madurai between 1623-59. This mighty king was not just a great ruler but also a very keen connoisseur of the various arts. It was in […]

swooning at the Chutzpah, in awe at the Attic

Tweet They waltz in together. Two women adorned with beautiful nose rings, toes rings, chutti, Jadai billai, naagar, their silken pallus sweeping the floor, thick braided hair swinging from side to side, they walk into the room. Every eye turns towards them. The air is filled with the scent of the champaka, punnaaga, mallika and […]

The Tales of From the attic- Fascinated with the fingers that sing!

Tweet This  blog is inspired by another blog written by the renowned Danseuse and scholar Lakshmi Viswanathan ji as part of her column “seen and heard” in Narthaki.com ( see below for the link to her blog). Her article is titled “hasta mudra”. The concept of using finger signs for communication is age old. Man, […]