Leela Samson to quit as Kalakshetra Director

I am disturbed to read this news. 😦 It came in The Hindu today.


Bharatanatyam exponent Leela Samson will relinquish charge as director of Kalakshetra on April 30, it is reliably learnt. Until the Ministry of Culture appoints a new director, Karunaker K. Menon, deputy director, will be in charge of the administration of the institution.

Confirming that Ms. Samson was relinquishing charge, Kalakshetra Foundation’s chairman Gopalkrishna Gandhi said if at all anyone should comment on the reason for her decision, it should be her.

However, Ms. Samson, who is on a performance tour, was not reachable for comment.

It is an understatement to say that the artist fraternity is shocked to hear this news.

Quoting Alarmel Valli

I do not know what the situation is, or why she decided to resign, but it is a great loss to an institution which so many look up to the world over. Leela breathed a fresh, new perspective into Kalakshetra.

and Malavika Sarukkai

She spearheaded several new initiatives at a time when classical arts need a lot of promotion and support. I am sure she had valid reasons to relinquish her charge, but still, it is a pity.


3 responses to “Leela Samson to quit as Kalakshetra Director

  1. Thanks Sangeetha. Here is the list of articles with the recent one on the top.

    To Silence the Salangai

    – ‘Bring Leela back’ campaign gathers support from artists

    – Who’s behind Leela Samson’s ouster from Kalakshetra? by Bhama Devi Ravi

    – Turning Kalakshetra to Kurukshetra by Sadanand Menon

    – Emergency meet of Kalakshetra board likely

    – Reinstate her by T.M. Krishna, Chennai (OPINION » LETTERS)

    – Case of missing the wood… by Leela Venkatraman

    – Netizens step in to bring Leela Samson back to Kalakshetra

    – The dirt beneath the charm by Meera Srinivasan, A. Srivathsan

    – Bring her back by Justin McCarthy & Navtej Johar, New Delhi (OPINION » LETTERS)

    – Kalakshetra board members want Leela to continue by Meera Srinivasan
    A majority of the members on Kalakshetra’s governing board want Leela Samson re-appointed as director.

    – Artistes join chorus against resignation
    Difficult to find a successor as dynamic as Leela Samson, say staff and students

    – I’ll try through my dance to find myself again by Meera Srinivasan
    Leela Samson who recently stepped down as the director of Kalakshetra on how she had to put up with “lies, allegations and games people play.”

    – CAG faults Kalakshetra, director goes by DC Correspondent

    – Leela Samson to quit as Kalakshetra director
    The news has shocked many in the artiste fraternity.


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