DIYA NAIDU, 33

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Chore­og­ra­pher, per­former, teacher and fa­cil­i­ta­tor who spent many years as part of the At­takalari Cen­tre for Move­ment Arts’ reper­toire.

FREE­DOM TO ME IS Not just phys­i­cal; it is con­cep­tual and emo­tional as well. As artists we are se­verely lim­ited by fi­nan­cial con­straints, this af­fects the qual­ity of work and the time that can be de­voted to the cre­ative. As a fe­male dancer, it is about the abil­ity to re­hearse late into the night with­out hav­ing to look over my shoul­der on the way back. It is also be­ing able to talk about any sub­ject with­out fear of reper­cus­sion.

On the other hand, free­dom is the deep sense of feel­ing alive when on stage where I am free of even the thoughts in my head.

IF I HAD COM­PLETE FREE­DOM

I would be in a fully-funded long-term project that would in­volve a space to train and re­hearse in, time and money for deep and sus­tained re­search and funds to be able to pay every­body well. It would mean not be­ing bound by hav­ing to make enough for the rent for the month and in­stead be able to fully fo­cus on the art; to have the ab­so­lute right and power to make the work one wants to make, be it po­lit­i­cal, ab­stract or purely aes­thetic.

Pho­to­graph by NILOTPAL BARUAH

Free­dom is the deep sense of feel­ing alive when on stage IN­DIA TO­DAY

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