|At Tanjore : As a child : Year 1938/39.|
father was posted there as a Deputy Collector and we lived in a large house. My
brother and sisters were studying in Madras and lived with our grandmother till holiday
time when they would come home. I was aged 5 then."
Schooling : " I preferred staying at home than going to school then . I remember flinging my books out of the window of the car, book after book, when the driver was taking me to school. So when I reached school there was nothing left". Her parents thought it was amusing and knew she had other interests - music and dance.
Gramophone :" There was not much to do for me in Tanjore. My parents used to take me to the Tamil movies (talkies then) and when we returned I used to sing and dance to the tunes which I heard there. We had a collection of these gramophone records ("His Masters Voice" records (78 r.p.m)). I was always winding up the gramophone, playing the records, singing and dancing. It was my greatest fancy then."
Ramgopal : Ramgopal and Uday Shanker were the greatest Indian Classical dancers who first successfully introduced the dances of India to the Western World .
" When Ramgopal came home my
father told him about my interest in dance and song and told me to dance. As usual I ran,
picked up the gramophone, wound it up, put a 78 r.p.m. record and danced away!. He
beckoned to me. Put me on his lap and initiated me into several mudras , starting with the
lotus. I shall never forget that."