Lecture Demonstration by Jhuma Basak

Jhuma Basak began by talking about the group and people that made dance happen in her life, that is, the Dancers’ Guild founded by Manjusri Chaki Sirkar during her years in Kolkata. She then proceeded to talk about her working with them, critical thoughts of their work, and how she is dancing now. For her, it is a burden to talk about people who are no more because you cannot have a dialogue with them.

“Serious dancing has to become an industry in India. For that to happen, we need dance doctors to deal with dance injuries. Also there is a need for specialized psychiatrists to deal with the extreme highs and lows that dancers go through.”