Odissi dancer, Jaya Mehta tells us how and why dance, music and yoga is an important aspect of Indian culture and history

Jaya Mehta is an Odissi dancer with a rich background in Indian art. She has a BFA in Painting from College of Arts, New Delhi; and a Masters in ancient Indian history from JNU. Through this interview she lets us have an insight into this culture and enlightens us with how dance, music and yoga can be much more than just hobbies. She tells us why have these occupied so much of Indian tradition and what is it that makes this culture unique.

Kolam practitioner, Grace Gitadellia tells us how this “visual language” can speak to those who can read it

A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. In South India, it is widely practised by female Hindu family members in front of their houses. Grace Gitadellia tells us in this interview how this traditional drawing is much more than we see or understand. She takes us through the many ways Kolam works for her unfolds its powers and magic.

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