There sits a man, all of 64 years, in his white splendour. At about five feet seven inches tall, despite his age, he holds himself with the same vitality he’s always had since the dawn of his career in the 70s.
Astad Deboo is a household name that ‘strikes a pose’ in the minds of dancers across India. Considered the father of sorts of contemporary Indian dance, he has developed a vocabulary of his own that combines the intricacies of space, suspended body movements and exceptional muscle control, all blended together by a lilting background score.
Coming to Hyderabad for the first time in his 42-year career that spans across 65 countries, five continents and innumerable performances and collaborations, the Padma Shri awardee was here as part of the eighth Krishnakriti annual festival of arts and culture, hosted by the Kalakriti art gallery.