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Angry birds - post script

some recent wasted minutes suggest that the strategy of targeting the foundations of the edifice is more effective, rather than aiming for the top end....

Samhara: collection, drawing together

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Saw Samhara yesterday at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, a collaboration between the Nrityagram Dance Companyand the Chitrasena Dance Company.  The programme combined Odissi, one of the oldest classical dance forms of India,  danced beautifully by Surupa Sen, Bijayini Satpathy and Pavithra Reddy from Nrityagram with the Sri Lankan Kandyan dance, danced by Chitrasena and Vajira's granddaughter Thaji Dias, and Mithilani Munasingha.

A long term follower and fan of Chitrasena, Vajira and Upekha (who incidentally was in my French class!), I remembered my very first exposure to their artistry, when Karadiya was put on the boards at the Lionel Wendt Theatre in the early 1960s.  Reading Radhika Coomaraswamy's tribute to the Art of Chitrasena, I recalled that that  performance filled me too with a profound joy and sense of excitement.  I  remember too sharing the experience with my mother and my maternal grandfather,Sir Arthur Ranasinha,  who responded to my description of the Karadiya bal…