With the ninth book of hers, Uma Vasudev gives her passion for the arts a characteristically individual flavour. Here, she got twelve of India’s leading classical dancers encompassing five classical dance forms, Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri and Kuchipudi, to portray format never attempted before. Here you have the essence of Kashmir as revealed in gesture, movement , poetry and words by dancers poised along photographs of this beautiful land’s meandering rivers and towering mountainscapes.
While the essays delineate the cultural essence of Kashmir, the dancers are etched in evocative sublime form. Each one of them also articulates in words here, as creatively as they do in their dance, about the new challenges that they had to face in terms of adapting to a different imagery and content.
Each one of them described also how they combined their individual reaction with the inspiration provided by the author as director.
Designed exquisitely the result is a book so unusual, it can take your breath away.