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3rd May 2002 - Page 4
Q&AOn April 29, the renowned Bharatnatayam dancer Shobana Narayan visited our school and performed for us. An interview:


Q. Who do you take your inspiration from?
A. I give the whole credit to my mother. She had always encouraged me to go after my dreams and do what I wanted. She used to say that whatever you do, do it well. She used to believe in excellence and gave me full encouragement in my dance. If it weren't for her I wouldn't have got to where I am today.

Q. How did you handle your studies and dance at the same time?
A. I have always liked studying, and was a topper in school. I believe that if you like what you study then you'll do well. I was always good with time management and that really is the key to doing well along with lots of regular practice. I've also done my MSC in Physics.

Q. At what age did you have your first stage performance?
A. I had my first stage performance at the age of 4. I had a major bout of stage fright and got a beating for it. If it wasn't for that beating I probably wouldn't be standing here today.

Q. Do you think that western influence has eroded our culture?
A. I don't think western influence has eroded our culture. Our culture is very strong and every Indian who wonders what his or her roots are will eventually go in search of his or her culture. These western influences, if only a cover, will not last long over our strong social culture.

Q. Do you think Indian folk dance has changed over the years?
A. I think that everything evolves and changes with time. For example Bharatnatayam is the newer name for the older dance form called dasiatta. All dance forms change and evolve. Every style has its own repute. Kathak itself has had its own major change. 

Q. What advice would you give to young children wanting to learn dance?
A. All I can say to them is that there are no short cuts in life: the only way to succeed is through regular practice and hard work. You have to be honest to yourself, and go into the depth of everything you study or do.

Nikhil Awasty
Varun Garg

It has been over a decade that India has won a series away from home ground. This week India showed that they were not just tigers at home but were a good team overseas as well. India went into the third match against the West Indies with tremendous pressure and the morale of the Indian team was low when they realized just minutes before the toss that ace bowler Anil Kumble would not be playing. India put up a formidable total of 339 in their first innings when the ever reliable Sachin Tendulkar scored a well deserved century and equaled Don Bradman's record of scoring 29 centuries overall. The match was thrilling and went right up to the last day and nobody knew who would emerge victorious. Ultimately it was great bowling by the Indians (especially Ashish Nehra who got rid of both Brian Lara and Carl Hooper), which led them to victory. Saurav Ganguly is now India's most successful Captain (Away) registering four victories. India cannot afford to take the rest of the series lightly as the West Indies are capable of bouncing back. Lets hope India keep up this consistent performance and give us spectators a first series win abroad after a long time.
Mallika Singh, Nikhil Awasty, Govind Grewal, Piya Kishore, Aman Raj Khanna, Ashish Aggarwal, Rishab Sareen, Shivin Marya, Varun Garg, Vikas Venugopal, Abhishek Narula and Ashwin Garg,

Editor: Aatish Bhatia

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