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  • About sirensongs
    Location
    Pondicherry
    About Me
    Sirensongs came to Madras, India in 2002 as a student of the ancient temple dance Bharatanatyam. She learned a great deal; however, most of it was not about dance. Disillusionment and childhood memories of "Tintin in Tibet" led her to Kerala, Karnataka, Calcutta, Sri Lanka, Maharashtra, Andhra, Himachal and Nepal. Sirensongs has studied Bharatanatyam, Sri Lankan, Manipuri, western Ballet and Odissi dance, yoga and conversational Sanskrit, and is inordinately proud of her ability to read street signs and argue successfully with taxi drivers in the Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, French and Nepali languages. She holds a certificate in Conversational Sanskrit from Rashtriya Samskrta Samsthan, deemed university of New Delhi, and is a lifetime member of ABHAI (Assoc. of Bharatanatyam Artists of India).
    Interests
    Classical Asian dance; travel; Hinduism; Indian history and culture; Vajrayana Buddhism ...Education: BS, Double major in Cultural Anthropology and Television ("whatareyagonna do - go film pygmies for Nat Geo?")
    Occupation
    Indologist at Large; Writer, Photojournalist, English teacher, classical dancer, fly in the ointment
    Favorite Quote
    "Oh yeah, this is DEFINITELY the kind of place I'm gonna get when I move out of my parents' house" - Wayne's World
    Guilty Pleasure
    American Idol
    Favorite Movies
    BARAKA. Otherwise, I like films about weird loners and their odyssey. Wonder why? Pee Wee's Big Adventure; Kundun; the Big Lebowski; the Quick & the Dead; A Charlie Brown Christmas; Scrooge with Albert Finney; Wayne's World; the Matrix
    Favorite Music
    Johnny Cash, Dead Can Dance, Patti Smith, Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Velvet Underground, Nepali traditional music, Carnatic classical, Arcanta, Huun Huur Tu and all Mongolia-Tuvan-Tibetan throat singing
    Favorite Books
    the Wisdom of Compassion by HH Dalai Lama with Victor Chan; Mark Twain; Rudyard Kipling; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; the Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux; the Sunlit Path by the Mother (Mira Alfassa; Awaken Children vol. 8 by Mata Amritanandamayi
    Favorite Television Programs
    Pee Wee's Playhouse; Northern Exposure; the Simpsons; Twin Peaks; Kolchak the Night Stalker; X-Files seasons 1-3; Millenium; Maude; Mary Tyler Moore; All in the Family; Absolutely Fabulous
    Gender
    Female
  • Signature
    "Why do people go to India to find themselves? India is where you go to lose yourself."
    Feringhee: The India Diaries

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