End Of Year Student Showcase
Setting up Satyam Dance in September 2017 was a dream come true – and I ask myself, why on earth did I not do this sooner. I love to dance – always have, but when you are trying to forge a career pathway – in my case in Dentistry, and trying to raise a family – sometimes life just gets in the way of the things you love to do the most.
In September 2017 I started with just a handful of students, the children of mums who know me well enough to know how much I love to dance, and how important it is to me to pass on the art of Classical Indian Dance to the next generation.
You see I am born and bought up in the UK, and for me learning Bharatanatyam was about being closer to my roots. I was lucky I have a fantastic Guru – our dear respected Guru Prakash Yadagudde, and as a teacher he is generous with his knowledge beyond belief.
I had fantastic parents who at a time when there were no teachers for Bharatanatyam in Milton Keynes, sacrificed their weekends to drive my sister and I the distance to London’s West Kensington, to the Bhavan – the heart of Indian Art and Culture outside the sub-continent, and that too not just on Saturdays, but both days, and not for one year but for the best part of a decade – completely selflessly.
So I thought – having now reached the age of 40 – and having danced for 3 decades, and having also committed to driving my daughter back and forth to London for classes with Guruji for the past 5 years – it was time for me to help keep the art form going – on to the next generation, and to those who perhaps can’t manage that journey to London.
So what started with 2 classes on a Friday – is soon to be 5 classes spread over the week and in between being a Dentist, Mother, Practice Owner and Daughter – not in that order of importance mind you, my dance is still my salvation, my relaxation, my time.
And of course I continue my own development where I started at the Bhavan under the watchful eye of my dear Guruji.
And what has made it worthwhile – this year it was seeing my lovely girls performing for their parents at the end of the year… can’t wait to see what they have in store for me come September.