It’s funny that just as soon as I posted this dance in comments to an old post, I found this fun interview with Kuchalakumari. Kuchalakumari is the “other dancer” in one of my favorite dance competitions of all time. Of course, I am going to take this excuse to post the dance competition again. (After all, I posted it only in comments, and who knows how long it’s been since the last time I posted it?)
From The Hindu:
This is one scene I’ll never forget in my life. The Bharatanatyam competition, as it was choreographed, had some great twists to it. Both of us had to draw figures of birds and animals with our feet while dancing. I have heard that there was an old dance tradition, especially among dancers of the Mysore Palace, who were proficient in this technique. But it died with the last of these dancers. In the film we did it through the assistance of deft camera work. It was certainly a beautiful dance sequence. Dancing with someone like Kamala brought out the best in you.
P.S. This tidbit from the interview might be of interest to some people out there:
I even got an offer from Bollywood in the ’60s to act as leading lady to Shammi Kapoor in the film Junglee. I was not quite sure if I would fit into the Bombay culture. Moreover, travelling and staying there was a problem. I did not accept the offer, which later went to Saira Banu.