The beautiful Delhi instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
One winter morning The Delhi Walla accompanied thumri singer Vidya Rao to the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the 14th century sufi saint.
Ms Rao was carrying a copy of Heart to Heart: Remembering Nainaji, a book on her life with her late legendary guru. “I want to present it to Hazrat Nizamuddin,” she said. “The book will be launched tomorrow evening at India International Center.”
On stage, Ms Rao turns into a free spirit. She closes her eyes, sways her head, moves her arms; her face dissolving into expressions of longing and grief, or into a naughty smile as if she is teasing a lover. These could be the tactics of a tawaif, a courtesan.