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Music in her elements

Music in her elements
I dance for myself and not for my audience. Dance is everything for me—be it walking, talking, speaking or living,’ says Shobha Deepak Singh.

Shobha started her cultural journey in 1968 when she joined Bhartiya Kala Kendra. Later, she became the first manager of Kamani auditorium. Through script writing, production and direction, she also got involved with the Bhartiya Kala Kendra.

‘I studied at Modern School and graduated in economic from Delhi University in 1963. In 1977, I completed my degree in Bachelor of Performing Arts and a decade and a half later, joined the direction course of Living Theatre, under the tutelage of the legendary E Alkazi. Here, I earned an opportunity for training in production of allied arts such as light and set design and music for plays such as Virasat, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Three Sisters, Three Greek Tragedies, A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman. I later worked as an Assistant Director for four productions,’ she explained.

She studied dance under the tutelage of eminent artistes including Shambhu Maharaj and Birju Maharaj and took music lessons from Biswajeet Roy Chowdhary and Amjad Ali Khan.

‘Not many know that I am an ardent photographer as well. I possess a rare collection of over 1,00,000 pictures of personalities associated with the performing arts which have been extensively used by leading dailies and magazines. In 1996 and more recently in November 2003, my theatrical photographs were displayed under ‘Art Heritage’, she said.

‘I get inspired by reading diverse subjects. Heritage architecture and daily news and happenings are my other pastimes. For me, the process of learning never stops,’ Shobha added. Rechristened as the Iron Lady of Indian Music, Shobha Deepak Singh is currently occupied with her next presentation. Titled Ramlila, she has syncronized the show.

‘I have a cross cultural approach. I have an experience of more than 40 years. Hence, the word boredom doesn’t exist in my dictionary,’ Shobha said.

‘My calendar is busy with successive events. It commences with Janmashtami, when we present ‘Krishna’, followed by Ramlila during Diwali time and then by a musical festival in the month of November,’ she added.

Today, as director of the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, Shobha aspires to take it to exemplary heights.


At: Kendra Lawns,  1, Copernicus Marg
When: October 15th to November 11th
Timings: 6.30 pm to 9.15 pm
Phone: 41553037
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