The 74-year-old celebrated Kathak dancer created her own parameters for her art in Canada. Rina Singha started the Canadian Multicultural Dance Theatre as well as a dance program at schools to help children understand what multiculturalism is all about.
Singha also used Kathak, a dance form traditionally associated with the courts of the nawabs and Lucknow’s aristocracy, to tell Bible stories.
“I was very particular about not going off the Kathak framework,” she says. “I’m known to be a purist.”
In 2007, after a concert organized in honour of her milestone 70th birthday, she considered hanging up her ghungroos and retiring. She held that thought for all of 10 minutes. Then she decided she wanted to use her time to bring to completion projects close to her heart – including telling the story of the Bible like it is done in Ramlila.
“As life came at me, I responded as a geographer, as a teacher, and as a dancer. Now I am too old for anything but dance,” she says with a chuckle.