Upholding the tradition

Leela Samson, hailed as one of the most dynamic Bharatanatyam exponents and an outstanding representative of Kalakshetra, is now holding the reigns at her alma mater as director of the renowned institute, founded by late Rukmini Devi Arundale on the Chennai ocean front.

Leela, a Padmashri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner, was in Bangalore to set the stage for a week-long dance drama of Valmiki’s Ramayana, choreographed by Rukmini Devi, starting from August 10 at the Iskcon temple. Incidentally, Leela enacted Sita when Rukmini Devi had finished the final choreography in 1979.

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