Clas­sic moves

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - Con­tact: arushimud­gal.com by Shilpa Me­hta

Raised in a fam­ily of artistes, Arushi Mud­gal grew up lis­ten­ing to the sounds of swaras and ghun­groos at the Gand­harva Ma­havidyalaya, a mu­sic and dance school founded by her grand­fa­ther Pt. Vi­nay Chan­dra Maudgalya. At 16, she won the pres­ti­gious Bal Shree Award, and she has al­ready per­formed at ma­jor dance fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing In­ter­na­tionales Tanz Fes­ti­val in Ger­many and Morocco’s Fez Fes­ti­val.

MU­SIC IN THE FAM­ILY Born to vo­cal­ist Mad­hup Mud­gal, Arushi takes in­spi­ra­tion from her par­ents and her aunt and guru Mad­havi Mud­gal. “The fact that I am con­stantly sur­rounded by peo­ple who have only strived for per­fec­tion in their ca­reers means that I have learnt to do the same,” she says.

DANCE LEG­END Mud­gal has also learnt unique per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics such as hu­mil­ity from le­gendary Od­dissi dancer and idol Kelucha­ran Mo­ha­p­a­tra. “On a tour in Brazil with Gu­ruji in 1999, he

gladly ac­cepted to play pakhavaj dur­ing my solo piece,” she re­calls.

PLAN AHEAD Mud­gal, who is as­sist­ing Prof SK Sax­ena on a book re­lated to aes­thet­ics in Od­dissi, is ex­cited about her solo per­for­mance at the pres­ti­gious Mu­sic Academy in Chen­nai Jan­uary next year.

ARUSHI MUD­GAL, 25, Odissi dancer

“Ev­ery time I go on stage, there is a new ad­ven­ture, a new story, and al­ways a sur­prise

el­e­ment”

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