Kathak exponent Saswati Sen on her memoir on Pandit Birju Maharaj and how the maestro gave the dance form a lyrical beauty
Veteran Kathak dancer Saswati Sen is dressed in a green cotton lehenga-choli with golden gota border, not very different from what she wears on stage, but sans the make-up. In between phone calls in the living room of her Chittaranjan Park, Delhi, residence, she describes why she has written Birju Maharaj: The Master Through My Eyes, a memoir about the great Kathak exponent. “About a decade ago, I had worked on a few books on thumri, which set in the process of thinking about a book on Maharaj-ji. When the offer came from the publishers, I jumped at it," she says.