‘Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion’
Uma Govind, a young, versatile Classical dancer has carved out a niche in the career, as one of the most sought after female classical dancers in the country. While sitting in the ‘garden city’, Uma started to share her dreams. She just came to Bengaluru after a dance class for the government school students. Dance for her is not mere profession, but passion of high regard.
She just reached to Bengaluru from Malabar, after organising free workshops for the students of about 25 different schools.
Associated with Spic Macay, a society for the promotion of Indian classical music and culture among youth. The aim of this is to have every child experience the inspiration and mysticism embodied in Indian and world heritage. She organised a free workshop of classical dances to those students who are economically backward, but keep a passion for dancing.
She is the empanelled artist of Spic Macay, which acts as a non-political nationwide voluntary movement that organises programs of classical music and dance, folk arts, crafts, yoga, classic cinema screenings, heritage walks, etc. She is taking Bharatanatya classes in Kerala. Class duration in a free workshop is one and a half hours.
“I explain the details of Bharatanatyam and perform in front of them. Children used to show high interest on it and they call me even later to clear doubts. These workshops help to learn the classical dances and to create an interest on it. I showed interest in dance from my childhood. First, I started to learn Bharatanatya. May be because of that, that dance form became my favorite” Uma says.
She is naturally endowed with the talent and got a solid training in Bharatanatyam under the supervision of renowned Bharatanatyam Choreographer, Promoter and Innovator Guru V. Mydhili. Uma gave her first performance at the age of six and has been performing non stop since then.
Each performance is a tremendous learning experience also for her, filling with a sense of euphoria, because dance for her is a celebration of life. She seems to be more at ease with her dance. Her impressive stage presence and beautiful movements have been appreciated by renowned personalities.
Uma plays major roles in all group choreographies of her Guru and in the productions of the Midhilalaya Dance Academy. Uma is an “A Grade” artist of National Dooradarshan and is currently pursuing to obtain a Masters degree in the field of Arts in Bharatanatyam from Bharathidasan University. Though a graduate in Physics, she is committed to Bharatanatyam as a lifetime pursuit.
Uma has done more than 200 stage performances till date and have learned about 80 compositions and continues to add more to her repertoire.
After over fifteen years of learning classical dance, Uma continues to be a passionate student of this glorious art. The creativity, the beauty of the movements and the variety of dance fascinates her.
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