FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH MY ART
PROVOKE Lifestyle|August 2020
FREEDOM IS A CONCEPT THAT IS SIMPLE AND COMPLEX AT THE SAME TIME. SOMETIMES, HOWEVER, PEOPLE CAN EMBODY THIS CONCEPT IN A FAR MORE EXPLICIT WAY THAN THE MOST DETAILED DESCRIPTION. RŌMAL LĀISRAM CHATS UP WITH DANSEUSE AND ACTOR, RUKMINI VIJAYAKUMAR, TO UNRAVEL HER JOURNEY TO FREEDOM THROUGH HER ART…
RŌMAL LĀISRAM

DANCE AND YOU HAVE A LONG STORY TOGETHER WHEN DID THIS JOURNEY START?

I started dancing when I was five or six years old. My mother used to dance as a hobby. I used to watch her go to dance classes and I was very enamoured by the whole thing. I remember wanting to be a part of this whole experience. My first memory of dancing is when I was five years old and I was cast to play the role of Dhruva in a dance ballet composed by Padmini Rao. I still remember, I wore blue. I was on stage for less than a minute. That was the beginning and then I started learning Bharatanatiyam under Padmini Rao as my guru. I then also studied under Guru Narmada Rao and Guru Sundari Santhanam.

FROM BHARATANATIYAM TO CONTEMPORARY – WHAT LED TO THIS NEW INTEREST?

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