Chennai Music Season
The December music/dance season in Chennai is an absolute favourite. It’s a joy to visit there. The audience consists of hardcore lovers of classical dances with no intellectual pretensions or social aspirations. I love audiences across Kerala for the same reason.
There is rhythm in the blood of the Brazilians. There were stampedes when I performed in Sao Paolo. They may not understand the nuances but they react to the colours, the music, and the vibrant dynamics of our dances.
Theatre de la Ville, Paris
The French audiences are more intellectual than emotional but they are still a very warm people. Even in the small towns of France you will find excellent theatres filled with audiences keen to watch Indian classical dances, even if they don’t really understand them.
There is a great deal of honesty and simplicity in the way Kolkata audiences approach classical arts. I have artistes, filmmakers, poets and painters attending my performances—there is a lot of give and take between the arts here, which I don’t see anywhere else.
Alte Oper, Frankfurt
Germans are passionate about the classical arts. They have historical ties with India and react to our classical dances with passion and intellect. It is not just Frankfurt either. All the German cities, especially Munich, embrace the arts.