I teach dance at a school run by the Army Wives’ Welfare Association (AWWA) – and they have their annual cultural programme tomorrow.
Beginning with a Ganesh Vandana, there are several performances on the programme. My girls are going to be doing a Kannada folk dance and Swarajati (Raag Hamsanandi). I’ll be concluding the programme with a thillana. The programme will be repeated on Saturday simply because the expected audience exceeds the capacity of the hall. Some parents will be asked to come tomorrow, and some on Saturday.
It’s a fairly standard programme, but for the first time, my guru is coming to watch! I’m going to be playing the nattuvangam too – and I’m trying to figure out what is making me most stressed – my guru watching my girls, my guru watching me dance, or my guru seeing how I play the nattuvangam!
Hoping things go well, and as always, the only reaction that matters to me is the reaction of my guru…