Entries by Suchitra Sairam

Making a Sound

By Suchitra Sairam As a layperson and a music fan, there is something exciting and romantic about the idea of going into the studio to “record an album.” After my experience recording the soundtrack for Kala Vandanam’s upcoming original production “Ritu – The Seasons,” I confirmed it is most certainly exciting; and there are some […]

Reflection on Dance and Yoga

By Vaishalee Ballolla I am a lifelong yoga and dance student. For many years, I approached yoga and dance very independently. It was only until the last few years, where I really started to appreciate the deep connection that exists between these 2 beautiful classical arts. Almost exactly 2 years ago, I was at my […]

Reflections on art… and an Art Crawl

Somehow, Spring brings out the best in us – even those with seasonal allergies! And Spring 2016 St. Paul Art Crawl was a special experience, with the weather actually spring-like AND it being the 25th anniversary year of the St. Paul Art Crawl. Kala Vandanam shared Bharatanatyam with the Art Crawl audience in another atypical […]

Showing Up

The night before the Minnesota 2016 caucuses, I attended a session in a “Voting Booth Chronicles” series facilitated by the Citizens’ League. It was a very informative session on the history of caucusing in Minnesota, the nuts and bolts of how a voter participates in a caucus, and how issues get their footing at the […]


It is the heart of winter in Minnesota, and I spend more time than usual stretching prior to practice, rehearsal or teaching class – just to take extra care during these cold months. But recently while I was stretching, my mind started wandering to, well, stretching. How many different ways we can stretch ourselves, and […]