May 1, 2013 | 6 Comments | Betsy Woodman
Some time in the early 1970s, my parents met up in New York City with their friend Padmini, her husband, Dr. Ramachandran, and their son.
As you may remember, Padmini (1932-2006) was the middle sister of India’s Travancore Sisters, wildly popular dancers and movie actresses at mid-century. Although they are no longer with us, they still have devoted fans across the globe.
My mom hadn’t danced for a long time, but Padmini tried to put her through her paces. Get those arms up there, mom!
My dad, however, was apparently content to sit at her feet.
Then came dinner. The man on the left is Carl Salathe, then development officer for Colby Junior College.
At some point during the 1970s, Padmini founded the Padmini Institute of Fine Arts, which soon had five branches in New York and New Jersey; her dance students were legion.