Japan. Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geisha after learning how to dance (a kind of Japanese traditional dance), play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto), regardless of their origins.
Ms. Suchitra Mitra was herself a dancer in the early 1950s. She knew Mrs. Amala Shankar, Uday’s charming wife, because both of then had danced together in Rabindra dance recital. The nineteen fifties were very lush time; there was a rejuvenation of cultural reawakening in the newly independent nation. And the center of such movement was Kolkata.