To equate the Guru-Shishya relationship with a Teacher-Student interaction might be a little presumptuous. It is not only in the imparting of knowledge that the Guru occupies an unassailable position but also in the transformation of his pupil i.e. the Shishya, into an individual of great merit ready to face life in all its complexities.

Our ancient system did set great store by the perpetuation of the Guru-Shishya parampara and it is only through this parampara that art and music have thrived and survived to the present day. In classical art, it may be too naive to expect the aspirant to follow certain set guidelines in print or in the electronic format and master the art. What best he could do is to have an overview of the field in which he proposes to spend much of his waking and sleeping thoughts. The nuances, the hidden aesthetics, the reason for a particular movement, the shades of colour in the costumes and in fact the entire gamut of facial and body expressions are all a gift that a Guru can offer to the deserving pupil which no textbooks can convey.

The classical Bharatnatyam and Odissi styles have followed a strict code of parampara over the centuries and are now richer for the exponents who have stuck to the discipline required for their mastery.

Hema Malini has delved into the art and beauty of Bharatnatyam for over three decades and is unquestionably the greatest representative of this genre.

Esha and Ahana Deol have chosen to understand the intricacies of the Odissi style and theri commitment to the parampara will stand out in their performance. In rare and exclusive partnership, the three accomplished dancers will pay homage to the parampara which has given them the reason for looking beyond a mundane existence.