Silver Arts festival: Tapping the arts to keep seniors active

Film-maker K. Rajagopal collaborated with "dancing doctor" Uma Rajan (both left) on his short experimental film, A Dream I Did Not Dream, specially commissioned for this year's Silver Arts festival.
Film-maker K. Rajagopal collaborated with "dancing doctor" Uma Rajan (both left) on his short experimental film, A Dream I Did Not Dream, specially commissioned for this year's Silver Arts festival.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Award-winning film-maker K. Rajagopal has found a collaborator and muse in "dancing doctor" Uma Rajan - a former director of School Health Services who is also known for her work as an accomplished dancer and arts administrator.

A Dream I Did Not Dream, a new short experimental film, was inspired by long conversations he had with 79-year-old Dr Rajan, as well as writings she prepared for him. It incorporates some elements of Bharatanatyam, the South Indian dance form she was trained in.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2019, with the headline 'Tapping the arts to keep seniors active'. Print Edition | Subscribe