'Worldly success and recognition are the most over-rated virtues': Madhuri Upadhya, Co-founder Nritarutya


(The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)

Madhuri Upadhya is Co-founder and Associate Director, Nritarutya, which is one of India’s foremost dance companies creating innovative experiences to widen the perceptions of dance. She draws her inspiration as a choreographer and dancer from the fine arts, Indian mythology and Indian folk culture. Her work combines the aesthetics of dance and fine arts. She also leads the education and artist development wing of Nritarutya, offering employment opportunities to dancers from across the country. Under the ‘Dance n More’ initiative she also offers distinctive education to dance enthusiasts, communities and dancers. These were her answers to our Proust questionnaire...

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

To be mentally and emotionally aware, pure, unattached, neutral and liberated.

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is to be physically disabled and dependent on someone else.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination and laziness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Dishonesty, double standards and materialism.

Which living person do you most admire?


What is your greatest extravagance?

Going to a spa.

What is your current state of mind?

Emotional and vulnerable.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Worldly success and recognition.

On what occasion do you lie?

When I see it's good for the other person.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

Dark circles.

Which living person do you most despise?


What is the quality you most like in a man?

A sense of humour and responsibility.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Sensitivity and a caring nature.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

'I think' or 'I mean'.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My dad.

Which talent would you most like to have?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would like to take more risks.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I have loved unconditionally.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

As a bird.

Where would you most like to live?

In the Himalayas or anywhere near the mountains.

What is your greatest regret?

I regret not learning to swim

What is your motto?

My motto is to fill my life with valuable and unique experiences.


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