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t, JANUARY 15, 1954

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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', JANUARY 15, 1954 THE MICflIGAi~T DAILY PAGE FIVI

QUEEN OF THE DANCE';
Versatile Indian Teaches Dancing

By BEA NEUFELD
Petite, vibrant Mrs. Sunalini
Devi Rajam is a dancer, singer,
musician, composer, dramatic act-
ress, movie star, writer, lecturer
and linquist.
Currently teaching East Indian
classical and folk dancing at the
University sponsored by the Inter-
national Center, Mrs. Rajam came
from Bombay, India to Ann Arbor
over a year ago to visit her son.
SHE HAS ten pupils, only one of
whom is Indian. They include a
ballet teacher, dance students and
"those who just fell in love with
this kind of dancing," Mrs. Jajam
says.
.Dancing lessons given to each.
student individually "according
to his personality," are held
Tuesday and Friday at the Mad-
elon Found House.
"These intricate techniques can-
not be taught in a definite time
limit, so I just let them dance un-
til the next student comes in," she
explained, adding, "I want my pu-
pils to be better than I am." When
her students are proficient enough
she would like them to give a re-
cital for a benefit.
Of the three techniques she is
teaching now, one is the Bharata
Natyam, the origin of all Indian
dance. "This dance is so precise it
is almost mathematically so," she
remarked. The intricate hand
language, footwork and movement
of the whole body pictures the
carvings-on ancient temples.
THE KATHAK technique differs
from the first in the movement of
the eyes, brows, neck and foot-
work, allowing more individual ex-
pression. The Manipur technique
is "extremely soft and graceful us-
ing the ,hands and the angles of
the body."
In Indian dancing there are
words as well as music. Each
word has a specific movement
and beat. It may have a mean-
ing or it may signify nothing
more than the sound of an in-
strument or an Indication 'of the
"mudre" or hand gesture.
"MY MOTHER used to say of
me that I never walked straight,
but was always dancing. Even now
I may walk down the street and
without realizing will start doing
mudras and dance steps, and peo-
ple will look at me as if I were
crazy," she laughed. "Sometimes
I might even get up in the middle
of the night to compose verses for
a dance."
Versatile Mrs. Rajam is known
as "Mommy" to the Indian film
industry, where she has made 70
.pictures in the last 16 years. One
of India's most popular actresses,
Mrs. Rajam, who uses Sunalini

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HOLD THAT POSE-Mrs. Sunalini Devi Rajam instructs Maggie
Ayers, graduate student in anthropology, in an Indian dance form.
U' Student Included in Cast
Of Civic Theater Production

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Mark Fleishman, '56, will make
his second appearance in the Ann
Arbor Civic Theater in "Home of
the Brave," to be given Jan. 21 to
23 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theater.
He takes the leading role of
Coney, whose tough exterior would
belie his likable and understanding
character but for his fine sense of
humor and flashing smile.
The full cast, as announced by
director William Mehegan, is all
male and includes Gilbert Fine-
man, '54, as Mingo; Dr. Carl Gin-
gles, local dentist, as the doctor;
ICC Undertakes
Drive for Repairs
The Inter Co-operative Council
has undertaken a loan fund drive
to finance repairs on the newly-
acquired house, at 803 E. Kingsley.
The house needs $5,000 worth of
repairs, so that its apartments for
married couples will be up to the
standards set by University Health
and Safety Examiner, Harold
Dunstan.
Devi, for her stage name has at
least three to six pictures playing
at a time. "I've played everything
from a saint to a mad-woman to a
villain, anywhere from 90 to 25-
years-old," she commented.

Bruce Lawrason, as the Major;
James Johnson as T. J. Everett,
andWilliam Wenrich, Ann Arbor
High School junior, as Finch.
Rehearsals are well under way
in this play where clear-cut char-
acterizations in a military setting
bring about a wealth of dramatic,
contrasts.
DAILY
OFFICIAL
BULLETIN
(Continued from Page 4)
pioyment Security Commission; John
Reid, Commissioner of Labor, State De-
partment of Labor.
Luncheon: Anderson Room, Michigan
Union, 12 Noon. Speaker: Representa-
tive Louis C. Cramton, of Lapeer, Mich-
igan, discussing "The Equal Right to
Work" -discussion of F.E.P.C. legisla-
tion.
Faculty and students are cordially in-
vited to attend.
Informative symposium on religion
sponsored by The Baha'i World Faith
to be held in the International Center
at 4 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 17. Speakers
fromn different religions will speak on
Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam,
and Baha'iism. Open to all those in+
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