Waheeda Rahman paid a visit to the sets of Dance Deewane 3 where she revealed the struggles she faced when she wanted to learn Bharatanatyam.
Actor Waheeda Rahman appeared as a special guest on Dance Deewane 3. The actor joined the three judges – actor Madhuri Dixit, and choreographers Dharmesh Yelande and Tushar Kalia – for a Holi special episode. During the episode, the veteran actor opened up about the hurdles she faced before she was accepted as a student by her Bharatanatyam teacher.
The Guide star revealed that when she was in Chennai, she wanted to learn Bharatanatyam from a renowned teacher, Guru Tiruchendur Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai. However, he refused to take her under his wings at first.
“Mere ek dost the, unko maine kaha ‘maine inhi se seekhna hai’. Toh unhone kaha, ‘nahi, main inko nahi sikha sakta.’ Magar kyun nahi sikha sakte? ‘Kyunki ladki musalmaan hai.’ Toh usse kya taluq hai, musalmaan ho ya Christian ho ya Hindu ho? Nahi wo apne bhaav jo hai – padam hote, varnam hota hai – wo nahi kar payegi (I had told a friend that I want to learn the dance form from the renowned Guru. He refused to teach me. ‘But why can’t you teach?’ ‘Because she is a Muslim.’ ‘But what does it have to do with being a Muslim or a Christian?’ ‘No, she won’t be able to emote the nuances – the padam and varmans),” Waheeda recalled on the show.
News Source: Hindustan Times