tarosh rao journey

Hi, I’m Tarosh,  a performance artist and math/yoga teacher from Delhi, India.

An Engineering graduate from BITS- Pilani University, I have been passionately pursuing Performance Arts and Yoga for many years now and thereby arousing displeasure from the patriarchal society around me who still struggles to comprehend the scope of my adventures.

My experiments with Arts, began at my Undergraduate Campus, where I spent four years studying Mechanical Engineering but instead ended up being a Street Theatre Expert and a Taekwondo Coach upon graduation.

I chose to walk on the Road Not Taken, got highly inspired watching Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, ditched the corporate culture and sought my first job as a Mathematics teacher at Pathways World School. However, the euphoria of teaching was soon overtaken by the aura of Theatre as I started pursuing drama professionally at the mecca of acting- Mandi House, Delhi.

My tryst with Theatre, led me into numerous plays and productions at National School of Drama, Shri Ram Center and almost every major venue for plays at Delhi. Working with eminent theatre directors such as KS Rajendran and K Madavane, exposed me to a much more enriched and elevated form of drama. So while most of my fellow actors were looking forward to breaking into the film industry, I decided to dig deeper into the unfathomable wells of Drama and Literature in order to explore their optimum rasa and aesthetics. Shakespeare and Natyashastra have fascinated me more than anything else I have ever come across.

I simultaneously enrolled into an extensive Yoga training program at MDNIY, New Delhi. What began as a mere form of a set of exercises to achieve a healthy body, made me confront the whole idea of spirituality, religion, happiness and enlightenment. The philosophy of Yoga made me ponder over the ancient texts of Yoga such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hath Yoga Pradipika and other fascinating Indian Schools of Thought. Though I had no prior interest in philosophy, but the postulates of these texts made me critique the existential crisis and the whole idea of nirvana of the soul.

So while i was trying to find a feasible balance between theatre and yoga, I luckily came across a unique kind of movement work, called Somatics, by the internationally acclaimed Choreographer, Navtej Singh Johar. The Somatics training under him jolted my conventional approaches towards the idea of the body and the idea of pleasure. It compelled me to see the world of Yoga and Performance through a new unbiased lens.

Enthusiastically, I started to explore the way our body moves and act but couldn’t satisfactorily reach towards any conclusive developments. The situation started to worsen with nihilism peeping into my life and the thoughts of joblessness started affecting my peace of mind. I went into a void where nothingness of life became the dominating norm and I found myself aloof from the happening world around me.

Amidst all the chaos and depression, I decided to go for the Hindustani Vocals Training as nothing else seemed lucrative enough to sustain my interest in any artistic or commercial work. Practicing Singing with Tanpura became my regular recluse and to my astonishment, I started experiencing some strange sensations which i had never felt before. The eureka moment came for me when I infused the meditative essence of Tanpura into my practice of Yoga.

Thus, my own style of yoga came into being involving Sound(Nada Yoga), Motion (Hatha Yoga) and Action(Natya). All my Yoga and Theatre Workshops  are now curated with the amalgamation of these ingredients.

My approach to Yoga is now a healthy triad of Music, Dance and Drama, leading to an elevated sense of pleasure and peace.

As my journey of Self-Exploration still continues , I wish to document the progress I have made so far in my journey to comprehend life !
Hope you would find it joyful to browse through the contents on the website. Your feedback would be highly appreciated 🙂

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