The Proust Questionnaire • Divya Kasturi

Divya Kasturi
The Proust Questionnaire 

Photo: Shanmugham
Divya Kasturi is a multifaceted dance practitioner. She is trained in two South Asian dance styles, Bharatanatyam and Kathak. She is also trained in Western contemporary dance and has studied choreography modules at masters level. Divya Kasturi has worked with Sir Paul McCartney and Nitin Sawhney in the UK. The Divya Kasturi Company combines classical and contemporary South Asian dance, Indian and Western music, and physical theater. The company's aesthetics are articulated from the firm bedrock of Bharatanatyam and Karnatic music, with modern concepts and ideas. Divya Kasturi’s work has been seen all over the world including in New York, Sydney, Paris, and Mumbai.

By: JK for Sathir Dance Art | Monday February 4 2019 @ 8AM | Follow Sathir Dance Art on: Instagram

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To me there is no such thing as “perfect happiness” – there are many happiness-providing activities and moments. It is all instinctive and impulsive, and completely subjective, so to speak. At this very instant a non-stop singing session of 70’s and 80’s Tamil film songs feels like a good idea of perfect-happiness to me, and of course it has to be alongside a similar like-minded group of people

What is your greatest fear?
That I might wake up one day to an utterly chaotic world that has encountered the worst cataclysmic phenomenon of ‘nil’ communication!

Which living person do you most admire?
Simon McBurney

What is your greatest extravagance?
Periods of continuous ‘film-watching’ with Baskin-robbins brownie-sundae accompanying the experience!

What is your favorite journey?
There is quite a few of them…but amongst those, one that I would most instantly want to redo at any time is the ‘desert-safari’ in Dubai. I recall that experience of endless, vast expanse of golden-yellow, pure, soft sand all around, drifting the mind and soul beyond the mundane

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My daughter of course! Typical ‘mommy’ instinct ‘at speak’!

When and where were you happiest?
Lots of ‘happy’ moments – so not sure about exactly identifying ‘one’ specifically ! Tricky one to answer, so I’d rather give it a miss

Which talent would you most like to have?
An instrument-playing talent is something I have missed!

What is your current state of mind?
Too many ‘things-to-do’ thoughts inflicting my sleep which is why I am up at 3am and doing the Proust Questionnaire at this hour…

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would you choose?
H2O – Yes, Water! Since it lives on forever in some form or the other, some shape or the other, some space or the other!

Where would you like to live?
In a world without any further updates of software or technology! I think it's all too much already

What is the quality you most admire in a man?
Emotion-‘Less’ quality!

What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
The hyper multi-tasking capability

What do you most value in your friends?

Who are your favorite writers?
I am not one of those avid readers these days, I end up reading so much online without actually registering the authorship

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Vikramaditya from the Vikram and Betal stories

Who are your heroes in real life?
Maestro Ilayaraja, Alarmel Valli, Kamal Haasan, Steve Jobs, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna…the list goes on!

How would you like to die?
Not sure actually! Have only thought about how not-to…

What is your motto?
I want to be able to contribute to something that would live and exist beyond the physical and material existence of life

Divya by: Shanmugham

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