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Doctor turned dancer
25 December, 2014

- Sukanya Kumar

It is heartening to see talented artistes from across the globetaking pains to pursue Indian classical art forms which we locals take for granted. One such sincere and enthusiastic bharatanatyam dancer is Sujit Vaidya.Sujit is a freelance and solo performer, based in Vancouver, Canada. After his initial training with Mandala Arts in Vancouver, he now takes advance training under Guru A. Lakshman of Chennai. 

Despite the late start as compared to most artistes, he has worked hard to perfect the style.

Sujit belongs to a family of doctors, his parents and his sister are in the medical field. It was but obvious that he graduated with a degree in medicine. Yet he is a fine example of those who have listened to their calling. “I had my apprehensions to tell my parents that I want to pursue Bharatanatyam seriously, but once I told them, they were very understanding and continue to remain supportive,” says Sujit. 

Sujit has performed in India, Canada, US and Europe and been part of several duet and group productions with various companies, like ERASGA, Vancouver; Dakshina Dance, Washington DC and Nrithyalakshana, Chennai. 

His recent performance for the Pushpanjali Cultural trust at the R K Swamy auditorium on 19 December 2014 proved his mettle and right choice of profession.

Commencing his recital with a brusque Pushpanjali in arabhi ragam set to adi talam, a composition of Dr MBalamuralikrishna, he moved on to a Nayika bhava varnam in Charukesi penned by violin maestro Lalgudi G Jayaraman in praise of the handsome Lord Krishna. 

About performing female roles, he says, “I try not to think about the gender but the character. I try and feel like a woman as opposed to a man trying to play a woman. That helps the audience see the character and not me.” 

Juxtaposed was the popular Nayaka bhava padam, a compositon of Sarangapani in Kalyani ragam, Chittike Vesite, from the point of view of Krishna boasting to an unresponsive Radha; “I am loved by women so much, they are at my beck and call at the snap of my fingers.” 

He retained the high spirited energy and verve throughout, culminating the evening’s performance with a Tillana in Gambheeravani ragam, Adi Talam by T K Govindarao. 

The passion and practice is seen in his perfect araimandi, neat gestures and involved expression. He is the first South Asian artiste to have received the Vancouver CityMayor's Award as best emerging dance artiste. 

This season, he has a couple of more shows coming up in Brahma Gana Sabha and in Mylapore Fine Arts Club.

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