TLCDC is high up in the clouds this week! The company is performing in Ladakh, at the famous Naropa Festival at the Hemis Monastery just outside Leh. The Festival is a 1000 (yes, 1000) years old and occurs once every 12 years. What a privelege it is for our team to play a part, however small, of this ancient culture!
From another standpoint though, the trip has been eventful. Leh is 11,500 feet above sea level, with limited oxygen due to the high altitude. Several of our dancers fell (quite literally) due to altitude sickness. Add nighttime temperatures that hovered around the 5 degrees celcius mark, wind chill factors and an open air stage… But we persevered and delivered a one-hour, non-stop performance involving acrobatics and dances to popular numbers! Bollywood and indo-contemporary choreography were offered to the Gods, before an audience of 70,000 devotees. Master Terence Lewis felicitated His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa (head of Hemis Monastery), we imbibed some of the Buddhist Zen that was all around and came back to Mumbai on Earth with a bang!