Lockdown Routines: A Good Time To Write Her Memoirs, Reveals Kavita Dwibedi

In Our Special Series, The Odissi Dancer Tells OB She's Going Down Memory Lane By Pulling Out Photographs From Early-Day Shows

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The government-enforced three-week lockdown, to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the country, has led many through a voyage of discovery. By staying at home, they have discovered simple pleasures of life which had been missing from their hectic daily routines.

Well-known Odissi dancer Kavita Dwibedi is one such celebrity. The lockdown, she says, is teaching her so much about life every day.

“We all were somehow disconnected with our roots. This lockdown has brought us back… With our past and present, and is also giving us a glimpse of the future,” says Dwibedi.

The dancer has been doing a lot of work on the home front which she had been postponing for a long time.

“My day starts with cleaning, mopping and dusting. I do my yoga and then pooja. And then I cook,” Dwibedi informs.

She is also getting the time to clean up the racks and almirahs where dust had been piling up.

“I am also getting my files organised… newspaper clippings of my dance shows and reviews, photographs and letters. They were all there but tucked away in a corner which seldom got attention. It was such a pleasure to rediscover pictures of shows from my early years,” she admits.

But it’s not a case of all play and no work for the acclaimed dancer. “I’ve been doing my daily practice and also doing classes online.”

More importantly, Dwibedi is starting to plan her long-cherished dream of writing her memoirs. “I’ve started writing a little bit… I’m also planning to compose a new Pallavi and one abhinaya,” she says.

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