An offshoot of the freedom movement and formally established at the end of the nineteen twenties, the Music Academy of Madras, aka Sangeeta Vidwat Sabha, early won its spurs as an institution devoted to enlightenment as well as elevation of standards. Thanks initially to the services of E. Krishna Iyer and T.V. Subba Rao and later of Dr. V. Raghavan, it emerged as a forum without parallel for scholarly and educative discussions not only on Carnatic music but on different art-forms of India and a few of alien lands as well.
The Mind Of Ranja
Although I continued to train in and even perform classical dance for many years, I knew I would be moving towards contemporary expression. It excited and challenged me that it was as yet undefined and debated. I imagine that period as comparable to the pioneering days of Graham and Humphrey in America.
I felt grateful to have had a positive response to my work in Calcutta, other Indian cities and abroad. I have on occasion faced controversy, but when it is not politically motivated, I have taken it as positive. Dialogue and discussion are always necessary, particularly for the development of contemporary forms. Calcutta seems to be generally open to new forms, that is, when the sincerity of the artist is evident.