Dance Troop at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
It is winter in Kolkata. I go for morning walk during my short stay there.
Air is misty, pleasantly cool.
A dance troop is practicing on a street opposite Victoria Memorial.
Looking at the two snaps,
one in action,
the coming to halt,
caught on a camera,
I recall and fill the gap between the two snaps;
I enact the steps of the dancers,
Music in mind,
after a decade.
Could a video shoot enhance the perception of the event? Perhaps. May be not.
Even a video shoot wouldn’t be complete
without the perception of
the spirit of the place, and
the spirit of the dance,
the “City of
I recall an anecdote about Kolkata, a Bengali friend told me about the situation there during 1960s, when there was unrest.
If two groups are fighting on a street of Kolkata (a street is an obvious public place for public functions – weather pooja or riot – in any Indian city or town), and if an artist carrying musical instrument is approaching, they would spontaneously stop the riot/ fight to give a safe way to the artist, and later start the fight again.