I accredit the success to all my gurus and to my mother who saw the little foot tapping and channelized that energy and interest...
As rightly said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul". Dance to me, is the reverberation of joy and the Divine within...
The first steps... I commenced learning the art form at the age of 5 under the tutelage of Guru K.V.Kalavathy who is a direct disciple of Sri.Rukmini Devi Arundale, Kalakshetra, Chennai. Having lived in varied parts of India, was blessed with the chance of training under various gurus. I carry a part of all of them in me even to this day!
Arangetram at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan at the age of 11 which was followed by regular performances in leading sabhas in Chennai like Mylapore Fine Arts, R.R Sabha, Music academy to name a few. Reviews in leading newspapers like The Hindu, News Today, Dinathanthi, Dinamalar and magazines such as Mangai, Rajam and Aval Vikadan was a great encouragement at that tender age.
It was an honour to receive the accredited Government merit scholarship from CCRT(Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, New Delhi and that opened up an opportunity to meet and perform with artists cross India in the unity in diversity camps. With several awards and medals that this art form brought in as recognition, I saw the whole percenption to dance evolve as I grew with the art. I choreographed and performed as a main artist in the dance drama “PUKAR- a call for peace” which was a fund raiser for Kargil war victims.
In Coimbatore (Tamilnadu), the journey continued with thematic performances in the central prison and reformatory for kids in co-ordination with the police department. What excites me as an artist is the audience. I took to performing in remote villages and also amidst the beauty of nature, for instance on the banks of river Kaveri.
Having moved to Germany in the year 2011, I have had the opportunity of working with artists from varied dance forms and performing across Europe. This led to the recognition as a 'living book' for Indian classical dance by the Inter cultural centre in Heidelberg.
Today, I choreograph and train passionate dancers under the banner 'Kalaavruksha' the tree of arts! We try novel means to enjoy the art form and also stage group performances.Besides dancing, I am an IT project manager and try to infuse the element of empathy from this art form in my projects.
"Yatho Bhavo thatho rasaha"... i strongly believe that the emotions depicted connect the dancer to the audience in their subtle forms. The 'empathy' derived from this art extends to every bit of life and taking that message and essence to the world is my purpose.