There are some creative spirits that cannot be buttonholed or
contained. They will float and fly at will, creating ripples or waves
that may dampen or drown the faint hearted.
Bharatanatyam dancer Zakir Hussain is one such artiste. From his modest
beginnings in a small town in Tamilnadu, this maverick has a storied
journey that rivals the most gripping of soap operas! Be it
Bharatanatyam, his love and fluency in Tamizh and Dravidian politics,
his total surrender to ANDAL and Vaishnavism, Zakir's thoughts are
We are delighted to share this award winning artiste's diary, written in
the first person, and first premiered on his own Facebook page. The
original "voice" of Zakir is in Tamizh, the language that he is most
fluent in. The English translation featured here are by Dushy
We are sure that the readers and followers of NARTHAKI.COM will enjoy reading his thoughts as much as I have.
- Dr. Anita R Ratnam