“We live in the age of the internet where we are exposed to so much and things can get really popular in less than an hour, and because of this we have learnt so much more about the western culture than our own. Most teenagers including me know very little about our own culture and heritage. Schools and colleges have also accepted this fact. Might be this is where the inspiration to start something like SPIMACAY came from and that is where my interest to attend this workshop came from.
For me this was a week-long journey where I had to adopt a new lifestyle which was filled with art and new ways of learning.
There were more than 37 intensives. Based on what we chose, we were put into different intensives. I had chosen classical dance and thus I was put into the Odissi intensive. We learnt under Smt. Sharmila Biswas, recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award and other honours, and who is known for the kind of artistic work where production values, dance execution and depth of thought are of undoubtedly highly standard. She did not just teach “Mudras” she also explained the meaning of each Mudra. We are basically trying to tell a story to the audience using our facial expressions and body movements which is so beautiful.
What made this experience very powerful was that we not only got to watch great artists perform we also got to learn under them. I got a much deeper understanding of how much effort went into each performance. All the performances were not something they had been doing for a few weeks or months, it was something they had been doing for years together. There was perfection in every note they sung and every step they took while they were on stage.”