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.