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On life and the arts

Vyjayantimala reveals her story in ‘Bonding… a Memoir’

PHOTO: S.S. KUMAR

Noteworthy Vyjayantimala

Hers is a remarkable story of achievement in various spheres. Vyjayantimala Bali has played many roles to perfection - gifted dancer, beautiful star, talented actress, successful politician, skilled sportswoman.

The veteran is pleased at the release of her book Bonding… a Memoir (with Jyoti Sabharwal) published by Stellar Publishers. “The book grew gradually. It took three years to prepare. My father had collected many photos o f my childhood and I sieved through them with my son Suchindra’s help,” she says. “In fact he has been of great support to me throughout in bringing out this book.”

The cover picture is a dazzling one of her in Bharatanatyam costume. “My art is what defines me. It gives me tranquillity and inner joy. I want to protect and preserve what my gurus taught me.” Does she have a preference for dance then rather than cinema? “Dramaturgy is also a part of dance,” she points out. “A good dancer should know how to use sanchari bhava intelligently in cinema.”

Seldom does one come across an achiever as natural and unassuming as she. “I owe it to my upbringing and the people behind me. My grandmother Yadugiri Devi was like a pillar, always encouraging and supporting me. My husband Bali was a wonderful human being and I learnt so much from him.”

The highlights of her book? “I have tried to make everything interesting. But for me, the portions when I talk about my family and what I feel as a woman, are the highlights,” she says as she continues her journey, bonding with the best, in life and the arts.

KAUSALYA SANTHANAM

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