Last night I took the girls to see a kuchipudi performance. Check out this example: like bharatanatyam, the form is athletic, the stories are of the gods, and the live music is amazing. Those eyes! When Radha appealed to Krishna in a dozen ways (the dancer mimed preparing sandalwood paste, rolling betel, stringing garlands for him), we melted. Gave us a chance to glimpse inside the old Raffles Hotel for the first time, too. Drawing above left by E (note photographer in foreground) and right by U (braid with tassels).