A TIME TO DANCE – Interview with author Padma Venkatraman




Have you ever read a story and wished you could ask the author questions about it? That is what happened to me while reading A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman. And guess what? My wish came true! A hearty welcome today to Ms. Venkatraman, who graciously agreed to give us a behind the scenes peek at how this beautiful book came to be.

First, a bit about the story itself. Here is an overview, from Goodreads:

Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyam dance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the human spirit.

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.”

Bharatamatyam is a classical dance form of South India. Here’s an example:

As I read A TIME TO DANCE I was especially carried away by the description of the dancing itself. So, the first question I asked was:

Nancy: What is your experience with Bharatanatyam dance? As I was reading, I was guessing you must have personal experience. Am I right?

Thank you for your time and for sharing your process with us, Padma! I encourage all readers to make time for A TIME TO DANCE. It’s gorgeous.


8 thoughts on “A TIME TO DANCE – Interview with author Padma Venkatraman

  1. Patricia, I am a bit of a social media ostrich – thanks so much for this lovely comment. And Nancy, thanks again, so much for the marvelous interview, I just finally tweeted about it when a fan asked questions…!

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  4. Interesting to know your “India” connection, Pat! My husband’s father is from New Delhi. I love when my kids can experience a bit of their heritage through a book. I agree about the ‘culturally pervasive’ nature of the spiritual aspect. Such a rich part of the book.

  5. Nancy, I’m so pleased that you interviewed Padma. I was curious if the book/story spoke to Padma in verse. I can not imagine it written in any other way. The story is poetic and really captures Veda in its rhythm, dance and spirituality. And, I also saw the spiritually as part of the culture. I feel Padma had so much more freedom with verse and was astonished that this was her first attempt. I see big awards for her book. (I was especially interested in the cultural aspects because we adopted a son from India in hte 1980s.) Excellent interview Nancy!

  6. Nice piece on Padma’s new book. She certainly had a lot of good support and guidance. Its nice to see the “spiritual, but not religious” subject get lifted up. Especially for young readers. DEW

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