Meet 22-year-old Gowri Priya,
an Civil Engineer by profession who has dedicated her life for the art. She will be presenting Bharatanatya Rangapravesha on December 3 at 5.30 pm at Kalamandira.
She has choreographed and
performed two dance ballets ‘ Dashakant ‘ which is a Ramayana presentation and ‘ Sthairya’ which focused on issues faced by women in this modern era. Both ballets were admired by people for choice of music, theme, costumes and choreography. Her love for dance propelled her to start her own team called ‘ Noopura’ consisting of 10 dancers specialising in Bharatnatyam and Semi Classical dance forms in her colleges days cou ple of years ago, which is still functioning.
She started learning
Bharatnatyam at age 8. After completing her junior grade in Bharatnatyam in Bangalore she learnt the finer nuances and intricacies in Mysuru.
She is equally interested in
Carnatic Classical Music. She is also an avid painter and has learnt various art forms such as Mysore Traditional art, Oil painting, watercolours and attended various workshops on a variety of subjects like one stroke painting, Kerala mural and ganjifa. She teaches art in her spare time to students.
Kumari Gowri has strong
cultural roots which she hopes to reinforce through her Arangetram, hoping to be a better individual on both the cultural and spiritual front.
She has even excelled in
various fronts of her Engineering by winning several awards for technical excellence in National Level Events form BMS (Bangalore), SJCE, NIE and SIT (Tumkur). She has been honoured for her academic calibre by serveral organisations.
Gowri Priya says: “Dance is
my doorway to release all frustration and enjoy the small things in life. Dance has helped me to achieve creativity and composure in all other aspects of life. Guru Dr Chethana Radhakrishna’ s advice to remain calm helped me to handle both my art and engineering hand in hand with joy and not stress.
‘Every day my routine
consisted of 2 hours of yoga or Bharatnatyam along with my academic study in the evenings. I practiced my traditional paintings over the weekends.
My parents Sethuram and Uma
Rajan are supportive with all my ventures and encouraged every aspect of my interest. My father has constructed a hall in our residence which is given to all artists free of cost called Thripura Paatashaala in Vijaynagar fourth stage,’ she adds.