Kanchan Maradan – Kathak performer, teacher & choreographer

“Indian Classical dance forms prepare both the body and mind for learning and facing the world with more confidence”

says Kanchan Maradan to Priyanka Singhal

ED: From being a person passionate about dance to becoming an entrepreneur with your new venture, how excited are you about it? 

Kanchan:  I have always been passionate about dance. There is nothing that drives me more.  The business was conceived in collaboration with my brother who lives in India.  I decided to go ahead with this concept because the choices and variety that this venture offers is simply marvelous. And I love ethnic Indian wear.   I wish I had such a choice years’ ago. I can put myself in my customers’ shoes. … So you can say that I am not just a business partner but also a hard-core endorser of the Ethnic Indian wear. And I’m overwhelmed to share this endless variety with the Indian Diaspora and anyone interested in Ethnic Indian wear.

ED:  Now that you are involved in a new business, how do you think will you be following your passion for dancing?

Kanchan: My priorities still remain intact. And my dancing career is my first priority and will remain so always. Being involved with my brother in the business, I really do not have to be so worked up about it. As and when required I would be more than happy to help him. With the advent of this entire online thing and as it has already been set up in my case, well, it can no way affect my dancing.

ED: Having started the training for Bharatnatyam at a very tender age of 10, how did you manage to balance your studies and practice sessions?

Kanchan: It would surprise you but initially, dance has been just a leisure pursuit for me and I would do classes once a week. Madhavi Mudgal was the force that brought into me the seriousness with regards to a career in dancing. I saw her perform in France (where I was living) in 1994 and o boy! I was mesmerized by her performance. Apart from that the deep interest that the French people showed in our culture instigated me to take up dancing as a career and before I could know I was into it with full gusto and enthusiasm.  

ED:  Who has inspired you the most and continues to inspire you?

Kanchan: I cannot take anyone artist’s name. All the artists inspire me immensely and I have deep respect for them.  But particularly my Guruji Ms. Prerana Shrimali (doyen of Jaipur Gharana) will remain a great inspiration for me. The grace, perfection and dedication that are reflected in her, is something that I admire a lot. I am proud to be her student.

ED: Had you not been a classical dancer, what would have been your profession?

Kanchan: Well, I have varied interests, even though my only passion has always been dancing. So had I not been a trained classical dancer, maybe I would have involved myself in a business and would have been an entrepreneur. Another thing that has been able to generate a lot of interest in me is the study of new languages and I also love travelling.

ED: You are also trained in Indian vocals. Did anybody among family tell you about pursuing classical dance and music forms or is it that you always knew?

Kanchan: I never thought of becoming a classical performer due the stigma we had in India which is changing slowly. My ex husband, who was a good Cello and double-base player, encouraged me. He himself couldn’t pursue it as a career but wanted to see me as an artist. And Guruji guided me to take up other subjects related to dance like tabla, which I did for a year but it was singing that really appealed to me.

ED: You have worked with world famous Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles. How was the experience of working with him?

Kanchan: It was an experience that I will treasure all my life. It was simply fantastic. Having admired his work a lot even before I personally knew him, I was on top of the world when I was approached to participate in the commercial he was doing on the theme of bells.  I’d worked on 2 other dance productions with his wife Ciça Meirelles who is a very good actress, dancer, etc. and a very good and dear friend.

ED:  Today’s kids are more into learning the western dance forms like Salsa, Ballet etc. Would you like to give them a message?

Kanchan: Yes. It’s nice to learn different dance forms but one should be proud of one’s own culture first as that is one’s true identity. From my own experience, I can say with confidence that once you learn Indian Classical dance, it becomes extremely easy to learn all other forms of dance, because the Indian Classical dance forms prepare both the body and mind. It’s not just an art form but more like a meditation… It helps in many aspects of life. It disciplines you, makes you stronger, helps your brain to multi-task, and sharpens your mind and body… just to name a few advantages. I think everyone should learn some art form whether it is dance, music, theatre, etc… and if you are into Indian Classical dance, then nothing like it really.

ED: Kanchan, tell us a little more about your new venture Ethnic Wear India. Are you also offering discounts and free shipping facility?

Kanchan: We are offering very competitive prices. To make sure that our customers get the best we have put in a lot of hard work into sourcing the products from all over India. Right now we are looking into the free shipping facility for our loyal customers. You can just keep checking the website www.ethnicwearindia.com for upcoming offers. We keep updating it regularly.

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Tarot Card Reader – Harpreet Narula

CLAIRVOYANT, HEALER, TAROT CARD READER, PSYCHIC, COUNSELOR, ASTROLOGER, & ABOVE ALL, A FRIEND TO EVERYONE, Harpreet Narula talks to Priyanka Singhal

ED: How does the journey from Bachelors and Business Management to Tarot Card begin?

Harpreet: I also think about this a lot of times since I always wanted to do Business. And often think how I entered the tarot reading. I guess here comes the role of “Destiny”, for what God has sent me in this world. Since a very young age in my dreams and thoughts, I saw certain things for people, which turned out to be true. But since I was very small, I could not understand the significance or anything. From a very young age, I had started reading books related to Astrology, Numerology and spiritual things. It is like when at times I say something related to someone’s future, and it comes true. But later on I come to know about the psychic ability that I have. While moving around in a bookstore, I picked up cards that really attracted me. I took that for me, but it made way to the start of my journey with tarot cards.

ED: What is closest to your heart, Tarot cards, astrology or numerology?

Harpreet: I would say Tarot is closest to me. But with the same, angelic healing and Angel card reading is also very close to me as that gives me more perfect answers as tarot that any other thing can’t give. But surely for solutions I trust upon Astrology.

ED: Are these all related to each other? If yes, then how?

Harpreet: Yup, all these are interrelated as all relate to a person’s future.

ED: According to you, what is most important and everyone shall pay importance to in their lives? Is it fengshui, tarot, astrology, numerology?

Harpreet:  I would say yes, it is important but not too much as it requires intuitive ability of a reader, patience and clairvoyance powers of a reader to understand the client.

I will not comment on this as every study has its own way that depends on the problem of the person and the main thing is to mentally satisfy your client. So anything that helps a person, you can use that.

ED: What is the angel therapy about?

Harpreet:  Angel therapy is an alternative healing concept that involves communication with angels. The idea behind this therapy is to establish a connection with an angelic being. Loving and powerful angels, who want to assist you in every area of your life, surround you. How we can take their help, ask their assistance in our prayers, and ask them to heal us is in all the ways of our lives.

ED: What has been the most remember-able incidence of doing someone’s forecast? Something which remains with you and reminds you of that again and again? How far do you yourself believe in these forecasts?

Harpreet: There is nothing that I will say I don’t.  If you’re asking about a single incident, I’ll say there are many more. But still I’ll try to narrate the best one. One of my clients was having problems regarding the baby. She did not have any till the age of 40 and wanted one. But, by going to many places too, she was not happy, as she did not have any. Even the doctors had said no. But call it a miracle of God and angels, I used to tell her to wait and let the right time come, and that she’ll have it. After a year, she conceived and gave birth to a sweet baby boy. She was so happy that she called me first. This is one moment I cannot forget till today.

I do believe in the forecasts, but depends on who is behind the forecast.

ED: After doing courses, what do you find the best and true – Feng Shui, tarot cards, astrology, numerology etc ?

Harpreet:  According to me, all are true. Every study has its own way of explaining things, but at last all of them lead to one end. That is, by telling the future and helping people solve their problems related to job, finance, marriage, home etc.

ED: Is it possible to get a tarot card reading done over the call sitting in some other city or country? If it is, then how much accurate is it?

Harpreet: Yes, it is possible to get the tarot card reading done over the call too. But the main thing in that is that the reader has to be intuitive, readers’ telepathy skills should be good, and have to have great clairvoyant and psychic powers. I do such reading for my clients and get great accurate results too. They are fully satisfied with my readings and moreover when their work is done, I get a lot of blessings from them; which is much more important.

ED: Any quick learning you want to share with your readers?

Harpreet: I believe that the purpose of life is for God to become known to himself. I just believe in Karma and want my clients to believe in the same too. Because the seed you bow yourself, the plant is going to be the same or you will get the same fruit. So love everyone as every creature in this world is made by god.