Hi All,Takajum dance troupe is performing an indian semi-classical dance at the Stern auditorium at Carnegie Hall, NY on Jan 14th 2018. We will be joining an array of many good dance companies and…Continue
In your own words, what is your ethnic identity? (for individuals)
Born and brought up in India , I moved to the United States in my early twenties. I am from the South of India from the state called Kerala.
Your Artistic Background/Mission
Background- At a young age I started my training in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance form) at the Nataraja Kalamandir , Thrissur , Kerala under my guru , Mrs.Rajalakshmi. Completed my arangettam at the age of 13 and continued furthur studies under my guru. Also learnt Mohiniyattom at a later stage.
After moving to the United States in my early twenties, I started teaching and performing. My focus is on innovative choreography that keeps the traditional values intact , yet brings a freshness to the performances.
Your Creative Influences
My training in Bharatanatyam combined with my love for history has lead me on a very unique path. My ongoing research has focused on not just the present day techniques, but also influences from the past. In doing so I have come to realize how connected the South Asian art culture is.
My dance troupe has done a unique collaboration with Taiko drums team from NY (OMNY). It was a much appreciated colllaboration.
If you are not in New York City, what are your ties to New York's Asian American artistic community?
My work is created/shown/produced in NYC regularly