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Written by Dipanitha Nath |

December 10, 2020 9:58:11 pm





Celebrated Choreographer Astad Deboo rehearses together with his troupe for his present. (Source: Express Photo by Vasant Prabhu)

Astad Deboo took workshops for the Theatre Academy, Pune within the 1970s after which, after I joined the Lalit Kala Kendra, he additionally carried out a workshop there. I can not analyse him as a dancer, however he was a really revolutionary choreographer, who labored all through the nation and overseas with masters like Pina Bausch and Pink Floyd. He collaborated with world class dance Gurukuls like Martha Graham Centre for Contemporary Dance.

He mastered many Indian classical dance types like Kathak of north and Kathakali of the south. He labored with many teams, together with with special-needs individuals. He was a type of a drive of artwork, who labored, not solely in Mumbai and Pune, but additionally in Kolkata and Delhi, amongst others.

He was a pioneering fashionable dancer in India, post-Independence.

He was a classically-trained dancer of Kathak and learnt various different efficiency types of India, from Manipuri to Koodiyattam. He knew these efficiency grammars and historical past nearly by coronary heart and used a number of dance types to create his personal. He used to take up explicit themes and work on these with A-grade worldwide dancers in addition to younger individuals.

Astad Deboo was as fantastic an individual as he was an artiste. I discovered him very imaginative and humble in addition to being strictly disciplined. He would begin all the things on schedule. I noticed how he labored with dancers to boost their expertise and perceive his type, and with theatre individuals to make them conscious of their our bodies — normally a number of theatre individuals are not conscious of their our bodies. It was very useful for theatre individuals to bear his workshops and perceive how they might use their our bodies within the theatre house.

Astad Deboo and I have been on a number of committees, together with the choice committee of the National School of Drama, Delhi. We have been staying collectively on the India International Centre for 15 days and he would get up early, go for a stroll and train. He had a well-developed health streak. He was an amazing thinker and was very articulate as an individual. He used to work on his items for years collectively and solely then would he come out with it.

There are only a few artistes who do homework of this magnitude. He was an amazing collaborator and has labored with nearly each dance type, making him the grasp of doing the physique choreography in any house. You would additionally see that he would take one thing and current it within the Indian context.

He got here and noticed most of our performs, resembling Ghasiram Kotwal and Begum Barve, in Mumbai and Pune. We have misplaced an amazing soul.


(As instructed to Dipanita Nath)

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