It was my mother’s passion for arts, that made me what I am today. She put me into dance and music as soon as I crossed seven. I was learning Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Carnatic vocal at once, can’t really recall if I was interested or not back then, but I enjoyed being on stage from the first dance performance I gave the very next year. I was slowly becoming popular as the dancing girl in school but began to dislike the classes and the hard work! Somehow, I didn’t want to give up though. I kept pushing myself and my brilliant teacher’s kept changing for the next decade due to their transfers. At a point I had to chose between the two dance styles and I would say somehow Kuchipudi chose me! (The scope for expression and grace Kuchipudi offers, I would say, defines me.)
Then I happened to meet my current teacher Dr. Yashoda Thakore, who kindled a lost interest and a new love for dance in me. I changed, my dance changed, and then the whole world changed for me. Dance became the very purpose of reality and it encompassed me totally. I went on to pursue my Master’s degree in dance, which was an eye-opener of sorts, leading to my present research in dance. I completed Master’s course in Carnatic vocal as well and striving to become a professional vocalist. I must say the theoretical and musical knowledge have given me a considerable edge in dance.
There was this constant question in the previous decade (occasionally so, now) that what I do apart from dancing as a career, but now I guess people are accepting the fact that dance is a profession. I worked as an architect (my bachelor’s subject) for a brief period but discontinued. I now teach something related to architecture and arts- which I reckon are different manifestations of inner expression.
I am from Hyderabad and love travelling. Luck as it would have, it was dance that took me places. I revel in the prospect of creating something, unique of me. This whole process of composing dance gives me immense fulfilment. The avenues, finances and the viewers fluctuate, yet the show must go on. To spread what I learnt and savor, I opened an institute to share the same with enthusiasts. At Sinjini School of Arts, my space, I try to pass on the skill, love, and history, nurturing students to seek their own path as individuals.
My parents and family have been supportive. Words fail to describe both the encouragement and drive my mother offers in all the endeavors. Though I faced health setbacks in the recent years that withheld practice and performance for months, it was dance that pulled me through. The thought that I will dance gives me the courage to face any hurdle. I began to experience the joy of dance, moments of getting lost while dancing and yet being present. When someone says they like my dance, I feel responsible. I am fortunate to be blessed with a small set of critics and audiences in the last few years who keep me afloat and grounded at once. Wish the tribe grows, not personally but for the arts as a whole!