Parallel Journeys traces the evolution of two or more simulataneous artistic quests. Two lives seen from the point of view of the artist and their engagement with a form, its practice and evolution. These curated conversations can become archives to trace sociocultural histories of dance in the India subcontinient.
For its first series, we had with us two pioneers in their own right: Darshana Jhaveri and Astad Deboo. With their journeys we hope to gain new insights into dance history looking at changing notions of classical and contemporary in Indian dance over decades. We also hope to get the cross-cultural insights into embodiment, going against the norm and establishing one’s unique practice. We were delighted to have poet and dance critic Arundhathi Subramaniam steering the conversation.