1. EDITORIAL 2. The Making of an American Kathak Dancer- Introduction 3. Childhood – Dance & Music 4. Swarthmore College- 1962 to 1966- Russian Language 5. Kathak Kendra- 1967 to 1969- Kathak, Tabla, Hindustani vocal 6. Chicago – 1969 to 1971 7. New York City – Dance Capital of the World 8. The 1980s - Return to India with Baby Lela 9. The 1980s and 1990s - Back Home in New York City 10. Arts - in - Education 11. Performing in the 21st Century - A selection 12. Recent Recognition 13. Afterword 14. HARIKATHA: Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa Dās' Era in Indian Classical Music and Dance traditions- Introduction 15. Harikatha: An Ancient Tradition 16. The Art Form in Maharashtra 17. The Tradition of Harikatha in the Southern States 18. Harikatha, The Era of Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa Dās 19. Harikatha: A Divine Art 20. References of Harikatha as Yakshagāna 21. ‘Harikathā Pitāmaha’ Ādibhaṭla Nārāyaṇa Dās 22. Harikathaka lakṣaṇamu 23. Harikatha Vaggēyakāra-s 24. Disciples of Nārāyaṇa Dās 25. Harikatha-s of Nārāyaṇa Dās 26. Purpose of Harikatha 27. Bibliography
The 1980s - Return to India with Baby Lela
When our daughter Lela was born on 28 August 1981, some of my family thought with relief that her birth would put an end to my travels to India. But it was the opposite. I pursued my Kathak studies, performing and teaching with renewed energy. The initial impetus came from an invitation to attend my sister Kitty (Rachna) Garga’s wedding in Jaipur in February 1982. My husband Gary, who had until then never visited India but believed wholeheartedly in my Kathak career, simply said, “Why not?” Since Indians love children, and with five children of his own Maharaji is certainly no exception, we were greeted with tremendous love and appreciation for bringing our baby to India. Maharaji took Lela in his lap, then put her hands on his harmonium keyboard, saying that he was giving Lela her first music lesson.
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