दन्या चीनाखान की दक्ष महिताओं के नृत्यगीत अल्पना की तो ख्याति सुनी ही थी, उस दिन देख भी लिया. केवल अँगुली  के नैपुन्य से चित्रांकित हर रेखा का ये गजब का संतुलन था और कैसी अचूक सीध! शांतिनिकेतन में नंदलाल बोस की पुत्री गौरीभंज की जादुई अँगुलियों का चमत्कार तो देखा ही था जिसके पीछे कलागुरु पिता की शिक्षा, निष्ठा,अनुभव का दीर्घ इतिहास था। किन्तु कुमाऊँ की सरल, दस-बारह वर्ष की वयस में ही बहू बनकर आयी इन बड़ी-बूढ़ियों का कलागुरु था स्वयं विधाता। दो सखियाँ –  शिवानी

I had heard of the famous Nrityageet* alpanas of the talented women of Danya and Chinakhan, that day I saw it too.  Painted simply with dexterous fingers, each line was wonderfully balanced and how precisely straight! In Shantiniketan I had seen the wonder that was the magical fingers of Gauribhanj, behind which lay the long history of the education, determination and experience of her teacher and father, Nandalal Bose.  But Kumaon’s simple women, who came here as brides aged 10-12 years and are now old, their artist-teacher is God himself. Two Friends – Shivani.

Shivani was a  Hindi writer, born 17 October 1923.


Pic from here.

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