CHANDRALEKHA AND BEYOND | 90 MIN
Krishna Devanandan, Tishani Doshi, Sadanand Menon
Krishna Devanandan worked with Chandralekha for 10 years, beginning in 1989. She worked with Padmini Chettur for 15 years starting from 1995. Since 1998 she has been a trustee of Magic Lantern Trust, a theatre group in Chennai. Presently, she lives and works in Auroville, studying and teaching Tai Chi Chuan and taking care of administration for the Auroville Art Service. Occasionally she mentors dancers and conducts workshops for Padmini Chettur’s group and Magic Lantern Trust. She is part of the project to teach the first half of Sri, a production of Chandralekha’s, which is an initiative of Spaces. She is deeply interested in developing a pedagogy that teaches the core principles of Chandralekha’s work in dance, and works with Padmini Chettur and Meera Krishnamurthi towards this.
Tishani Doshi was born in the city formerly known as Madras in 1975. She received a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001. At the age of twenty-six, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. She has been performing Chandralekha’s final choreography ‘Sharira’ for fourteen years. She has also published five books of fiction and poetry. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu.
Sadanand Menon is an arts editor, teacher of cultural journalism, photographer, stage lights designer and speaker at seminars on politics, ecology and the arts. He is currently Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and he also teaches at IIT, Madras. A close associate of legendary choreographer Chandralekha, he is deeply involved with issues concerning contemporary Indian dance.