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Anita says.....

Sep 2022

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

Anita Ratnam

As I settle into my independent accommodations in Sunnyvale, California, in preparation for my role as KAA, the serpent character in THE JUNGLE BOOK RECLAIMED, I am reminded of the early days more than 25 years ago of spending extended periods of time outside India on creative engagements. There is a kind of excitement in working in the theatre, when the director sits in a circle along with the cast and discusses the script. It is this visual / physical democracy, without a noticeable leader, that can become an important marker when the hierarchical business world seeks inspiration from the arts. It is also a good way for guru and dancers/musicians to begin lessons in the classical world.

I share the large apartment with a stand up comedienne Sonal Agarwal, a delightful desi girl born in the USA. The generation gap and the tone of daily conversations is such an eye opener. I feel  fortunate to have my two children, especially my son, who has kept me up with the pace and jargon of how today’s Millennials talk. There is no ending to the learning curve!

Working with a large cast, many very young children, along with actors of diverse ethnic backgrounds and performance experiences is also challenging. However, it is a relief to be a guest artiste, concentrating on creating and performing the role week after week - 4 shows a week - as THE JUNGLE BOOK RECLAIMED travels across Northern California. No headache or responsibilities of production, fund raising and managing egos!

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- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mamata Niyogi Nakra and Kala Bharati, Montreal, that is celebrating 40 years, have been members of Narthaki since 2003
Mamata Niyogi Nakra
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Mamata Niyogi Nakra

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