My greatest inspiration—what fuels my impulse to create work—is to make audiences feel something deeply and completely.
As dancemakers and Co-Directors, my daughter, Aparna, and I explore the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the contemporary, each bringing our generational voices to our work. The rich traditions, deep philosophical knowledge, and ancient wisdom of south India meet and merge with the curiosity, openness, and creative freedom that we experience as Americans.
India is an ancient culture with a dynamic, thriving existence: hundreds of millions of people practice, shape and interpret its traditions and practices. Spirituality and faith are integral to this existence. There is honest emotion that is born of devotion: a spiritual, divine feeling that connects us all. In a rare, beautiful moment, this sensation can be captured through art. To us, art is not entertainment; it is not political, nor about the self. Art is bigger than us—we are a vehicle through which to personalize, internalize, and provide a visceral experience.