Ananya Chatterjea is crouched on the floor in a studio at the University of Minnesota, where she both rehearses and serves as an assistant professor of dance. A Sufi song by Reshma streams from the stereo. She rubs her hands together, glances upward, and salutes the sky. Her face is still, but her eyes express anger tempered by anticipation. She begins to dance, relying on Odissi, a percussive technique from eastern India that is similar to Bharatanatyam but relies on a freer use of the hips and less precise movement of the eyes. When the hypnotic music builds, her dancing, always controlled, becomes... More >>>
By Eric Saulitis
Ananya Chatterjea: "The anger is very everyday. This is not a sentimental thing about losing a child. It's a critique of state policy."