|12th February 2002 - Page 4|
& AOn Wednesday, February 6, Guru Singhajit Singh and Charu Mathur of
SPIC-MACAY performed Manipuri dances for the entire school.
LEFT: A sketch by Mr. Bala of the performers.
Going over their weekly training schedule one morning, the soldiers of a certain regiment noticed that their annual trip to the rifle range had been cancelled for the second time, but that their semi-annual physical-fitness test was on as planned
A young camel asked his father, "Why do we have humps on our backs?"
1. Did your family encourage you to get into the field of Manipuri Dance?
Charu Mathur: My family was always fond of dancing. I come from the Mathur family which is very fond of all the arts. My mother encouraged me a lot and helped me out during my first performances.
2. For how long have you been dancing?
Guru Singhajit Singh: I have been dancing all my life. When I was 10 years old I was a drummer and then at 14 years of age I became a dancer. My first performance was in front of the then Prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
3. Do you get as much appreciation when you perform abroad?
CM: We in fact get more appreciation when we perform abroad. They are very open and show a lot of interest in
Indian arts- the tradition, the costumes.
4. Do you think that the youth is being influenced more by the western culture?
CM: Yes, lately there is a growing trend towards it. Spic Macay has been doing good work. It is a normal part of growing up to be influenced by the western culture, as long as we don't lose our traditions, our culture and that we learn to appreciate it.
5. How do you see the future of Manipuri Dance?
GSS: I see a bright future. There will be a slow but steady progress. It will take a long time to grow, but once it grows it will be greatly appreciated.
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