Stella Uppal and Uyir presents
Krishna – Knave Of Hearts
I was very fortunate to have been in Chennai when Stella Subbiah (nee Uppal) was presenting her Krishna Knave of Hearts program at the seaside Spaces venue. I didn’t realize what a visual treat I was in for. It was also an aural treat as the choice of music and its rendition was exceptional. The clean lines and movements and the joyful energy of the dancers on the stage made it hard to believe that they had all only worked with Stella for this program for a very short while.
But that there was more to this event was also palpable. As with so many dancers who teach children of the Indian diaspora, Stella is also struggling to help her students find meaning in the traditional repertoire of music and dance compositions that make up the classical form.
Later, while speaking with her, I asked if we could share this video and she readily agreed. She also patiently sat with me for an interview on Zoom so we could hear about her vision and inspiration, not just for this program but for how she approached the art and how she teaches her students in London, U.K. What does she hope they will take away from her classes and the experience? How will it shape their outlook?
Watch Krishna Knave of Hearts here and also the Interview with Stella Subbiah (nee Uppal). I think you will enjoy the program. You too will likely find it as cerebral and timely as it is visual.
Dhvani India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio