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Finding Shiva & Discovering Devi A Journey to Oneself & The Beginning of a Journey

Author Name: Rukmini Vijayakumar, Anup J Kat | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Arts, Photography & Design | Other Details

What if I could imbibe my life with the clarity of thought, precision, control and simultaneous surrender that I am able to wield as a performer? Wouldn’t life change inexplicably for the better? 

I, Rukmini Vijaykumar, wanted to work with a friend who could perhaps capture moments that I am completely unaware of during the performative experience. In 2020, Anup and Vivian joined me on tour and captured our journey during a series of Shivaratri performances.  We created two books that describe this journey from two different perspectives: the performer’s perspective and the viewer’s perspective. Finding Shiva is written from the performer’s perspective while Discovering Devi conveys the viewer’s perspective through a selection of photographs.

I refrain from saying “experiencer of dance”, as the one dancing and the audience both experience the dance, therefore this phrase does not distinguish one from the other.

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Rukmini Vijayakumar, Anup J Kat

Rukmini Vijayakumar is an Indian choreographer, Bharatanatyam dancer, and film actress from Bangalore. Along with her performances on stage, she has appeared in South Indian films such as Bommalattam, Ananda Thandavam, Bhajarangi, Kochadaiyaan and Kaatru Veliyidai.



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