Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Mike Hussey’s stylish new footwork

By V Ramnarayan

Some former Australian and New Zealand international cricketers have embraced Tamil culture wholeheartedly ever since they came over as TV commentators covering the Tamil Nadu Premier League now in its third season. Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Mike Hussey and Scott Styris not only seem perfectly at home in Chennai, Tirunelveli, Didigul and other centres, enjoying the local cuisine, veshti-kurta, and temple visits, they have been generous in their appreciation of local talent, completely unknown though most of them may be tto these great cricket personalities.

Hussey delighted fans by putting on a smart kurta and veshti and doing some impressive Bharatanatyam steps, even a very passable atami, the neck movement unique to Indian dance. I was reminded of the brilliant Maori Hakka dance that three New Zealand Youth cricketers did in response to a brief Bharatanatyam recital by three youngsters of Kalakshetra, where I had taken the boys under the supervision of Sir Richard Hadlee and Dayle Hadlee back in 2001.

Perhaps sport is the route by which we should promote our arts worldwide. Former BCCI and ICC chiefN Srinivasan whose brainchild TNPL has been, has (unwittingly) shown the way!

No comments:

Post a Comment