What do Jin Shanshan, Zhang Jun, mudras and nattuvangam have in common? Leela Samson. China's Jin is the disciple of the Bharatanatyam danseuse and through her school, brings more Chinese under the spell of the art. If you want to know who Zhang Jun is, here's Ananth Krishnan's story in pictures - http://thne.ws/WxesOS
In Malavika Sarukkai - an artist rooted in tradition but with a uniquely contemporary sensibility - one of India's most profound classical arts, Bharatanatyam, is being re-interpreted, renewed, invigorated. The film is not simply about Malavika Sarukkai; it deliberates the valuable connections and departures that the artist makes from a hallowed and, often, unforgiving tradition. The film will be screened as part of The Hindu Friday Review November Fest on November 16 at The Music Academy at 11 a.m.