With an eye for aesthetics

Vanashree Rao has a sanctity around whatever she creates — be it dance or designing. Yes, this Kuchipudi dancer-guru turned ethnic clothesline designer (labelled Angikam) finds her dual passion sacred. Her cosy studio near Aurobindo Marg houses antique artefacts amid her collection of Kalamkari saris, blouses, shawls, kurtas, et al.

With a warm smile she settles down into a chair ready for a friendly conversation on a sultry morning. “I think I should begin at the beginning,” she quips even before you make up your mind as to where do I start — the dance end or the designing line!

“Everything in my life, except academics happened without plan or design. I’m destiny’s child,” she puns on the last word with a wink and continues, “Like all Bengalis, I was very fond of music and dance but financial viability factor did not make it possible for me to pursue anything other than studies. My father was a journalist with the United Press of India and with a meagre income those days, life was a struggle for my siblings. It was a blessing of sorts that all of us were academically-oriented and intelligent. It was…

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