‘ICE­CREAM BET­TER AT IN­DIA GATE’

Dancer and ac­tor Mukti Mo­han has fond child­hood mem­o­ries of Delhi, says the­atre hap­pened by chance

HT City - - MY CITY - Ruchika Garg ■ ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

It was the­atre by chance for dancer and ac­tor Mukti Mo­han. Born and brought up in Delhi, she moved to Ra­jasthan for her higher ed­u­ca­tion. So when she was re­cently in the Cap­i­tal for a per­for­mance, she couldn’t stop think­ing about her grow­ing up years in the city. “I was re­ally young when I moved to Pi­lani and spent nine years in hos­tel. I used to visit Delhi dur­ing my sum­mer and win­ter hol­i­days. It was so much fun, a com­plete fam­ily time. We would visit dif­fer­ent places for lunch. Ice­cream tasted a lit­tle bet­ter at In­dia Gate. I have lots of sweet mem­o­ries of Delhi,” she says.

Mukti, who was re­cently in the Cap­i­tal for a the­atri­cal per­for­mance ti­tled One Night Only, at Od­dBird The­atre, says she was in­tro­duced to the­atre about three years back. “I went to a the­atri­cal work­shop in Mum­bai with­out any in­ten­tions of join­ing it. It just hap­pened or should I say, it is what destiny wants. They were look­ing for an artist and I was in­trigued by the char­ac­ter. I au­di­tioned and got se­lected. I en­joyed the role and have been rolling since then,” she laughs.

The­atre has been a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for her, and has brought a re­mark­able change in her per­son­al­ity. Mukti adds, “I’m evolv­ing as a bet­ter per­son and all thanks to the­atre. I know how body lan­guage plays its role and can be hurt­ful in the process of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The­atre has made me more care­ful. I also try to look things dif­fer­ently.”

For the play One Night Only, she por­trayed the char­ac­ter of a trans­gen­der —a role for which she trained in voice and body lan­guage. She says, “I met a trans­gen­der and she spoke ex­ten­sively about her life, right from child­hood. I heard her story and tried to in­cor­po­rate it in my role. That is the beauty of the­atre, it projects the real side of the story.”

I joined a Mum­bai col­lege, my sis­ter (singer Neeti Mo­han) is a Delhi Univer­sity grad­u­ate. Her sto­ries from col­lege were so cool; I was jeal­ous. She had tales of chola­kulche vala from (North) cam­pus and I was like, DU is amaz­ing! MUKTI MO­HAN DANCER­AC­TOR

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/MUKTIMOHAN

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