In India, taking to cultural activities at a young age is no surprise. The varied states and their equally colourful performing arts motivate the artist within. For Shashidharan Nair, director of Sampurn Ramayana by Aryan Heritage Foundation, it was no different. At the age of eight, his grandfather introduced him to the art of Kathakali, and from there on began his journey into the world of dance and drama.

“The journey,” says Nair, “has been extremely fulfilling but it has not been easy. When I went on to learn other dance forms (he is proficient in Chhau and Kalaripayattu, besides the modern dance forms), it was a tough task in the beginning. A lot of training in different styles and forms, coupled with hard work and perspiration, has been a part of this journey. But, I must say, it has been an enriching experience.”

With over five years of experience in performing arts, Nair today finds his directorial and choreography work made it easy for him. “I can work on any theme and music as well as manage to work with both professionals and amateurs with equal ease,” he says. Blending modern dance with Kathakali, Chhau and Kalaripayattu in his stage performances, he believes movement design and vocabulary depends on the theme that is to be presented. 

Some stage performers have a set of superstitions they follow before entering the performing arena, but Nair claims he has no time for those. “When I am performing on the stage I try to rediscover who and what I am and focus on the character that I will become on stage. That’s how I prepare for the audience and the show, the rest I leave to my performance,” he says....Read more


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