It has been my privilege to have come close to some very special people recently... members of the third gender, who have struggled throughout their lives to establish their right to equality and dignity in the society. On 26th June 2018, a few of us got together to start a new journey through Prakriti Dance Academy, an Odhisi and Neo Classical dance institute for training the members of the third gender, in association with ATHB, headed by Ranjita Sinha, who spearheaded this venture. Our gratitude to Vikas and Sumona Singh of Genius Kids for joining hands with us and providing [...]
Most unexpectedly, I was invited to hold a dance session with the inmates of Los Angeles prison, Walden House, and we all had such a memorable experience. The way the boys responded to the music and rhythm, once again proved that dance can bring back the rhythm of life, breaking all geographical, cultural and linguistic barriers. I also participated in their theater workshop and had such a great time. I returned home as 'Mamma Roy' - a feeling that can't be described or expressed in words.
A rare experience....... when I was invited by Curt L. Tofteland( Founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars), to the Third International Shakespeare in Prison Conference, at the Old Globe in San Diego, California, March 23rd-25th, 2018. An important gathering of prison arts practitioners, released prisoners, filmmakers, documentarians, solo performers, authors, researchers, correction officials, and government officials from around the world. It was a 3 day, all-day conference from breakfast till dinner. The venue was an artists' paradise, quaint and breathtakingly beautiful. The speakers were from different parts of the world, like Australia, UK, Lebanon, Serbia, Alaska, to name a few. I [...]
Till now my boys in the Correctional Homes have been performing in auditoriums, packed to capacity, allover the country for the last ten years. But January 7th 2018 brought a new ray of light in their lives, when they participated in Half Marathon of 5 kms, organized by Kolkata Police for an awareness campaign, 'Safe Drive, Save Life'. Their public performances were greeted with standing ovation each time, but there was still a line drawn between the public and them, but, that morning they became a part of the celebration, mingling with more than 12,000 participants, running the marathon with [...]