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Classical Dancers With Alternative Careers

Being a classical dancer in itself is a great journey, the classical art form is a valor and needs an immense dedication, attention and time to pursue and practice it. some choose the classical art form as a life calling .as a profession dance has a lot of investments both with time and money with little scope to develop internally.I beings a dance enthusiast as well as a full-time call center guy I sometimes face a lot of time scarcity for myself. Upon that managing family and other aspects seems not only difficult but also head wrenching. However, this is not the case of some of the greatest exponents of Indian classical dance. They manage their family, work in more complex scenarios and yet give their self for the classical art form and here I bring the list of these inspirational personas who paint their alternate professions with the brush of classical dance.

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1. Ananda Shankar Jayant (Government Officer and a dancer )

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Ananda Shankar Jayant is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, scholar and bureaucrat, known for her proficiency in the classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She is the first woman officer in the Indian Railway Traffic Service. she pursued her academic studies and after completing her master's degree in Indian History and Culture from Osmania University, she passed the civil services examination to join the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), thus becoming the first woman officer of the service.While serving IRTS, she continued her studies to secure an MPhil in Art History on a UGC research scholarship and a doctoral degree (PhD) in tourism; her thesis being Promotion of Tourism in India - Role of Railways. She still serves the railways and devotes herself to dance 360 degree as a teacher, scholar, choreographer and motivational speaker .Truly she is a great inspiration for young artist who love to chase their passion

2. Subhashni Giridhar(Chatted accountant and a Bharatanatyam dance)

Subhashni Giridhar

Subhashni Giridhar is an Indian classical dancer of Bharatanatyam and a Chartered Accountant. She is a post graduate in commerce from R.A.Podar College of Commerce, and also a Chartered Accountant. She became a FCA – fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India from 2003. In 2004, she acquired a post qualification degree DISA – Diploma in Information and Systems Audit from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She has been conferred the title of ‘SHRINGAR MANI’ and adjudged as best dancer all over India, by SUR SINGAR SAMSAD. She has been pursuing her academic career with equal dedication and is a practicing Chartered Accountant in Mumbai. She also has set up a Bharatanatyam Academy by the name - “Suguna Nrityalaya” in the memory of her late sister Smt Suguna, who mentored her to pursue Bharatanatyam in the first place. The money from this Academy would be forming the corpus of a Trust. The Trust money would be for imparting education to the underprivileged.

3. Akshay Ayre (Graphical Designer and Bharatnatyam dancer)

Akshay Ayre is the Founder & director of 'Vitamin Art' Institute of Fine arts. He is a Bharatanatyam dancer and Graphic designer from Mumbai. His designs are paved paths and inspiration to young minds. he has established Vitamin Art, with the vision of continuing golden traditions of various Indian art forms, with the mission of sharing and passing on the knowledge to upcoming generations in authentic yet modern ways. He creates masterpiece animations, graphical representations and inspirational snippets for the young learners. Akshay started learning Bharatanatyam under Guru Shri Digambar Shinde and Guru Smt. Tejaswini Lele of Tanjavur Nritya Shala, Vile Parle, Mumbai. Today, He travels around the country for the dance tours & has performed solo recitals for various corporate shows & ceremonies.

4. Himanshu Srivastava (Painter, Engineer and classical Dancer )

Himanshu Srivastava, a young Bharatanatyam dancer, is a painter and also worked as a full-time Corporate employee with HCL India who says his dance, apart from allowing him to give expression to his creativity, is also a medium for to connect to all animate and inanimate objects around him. From an engineer to an artist Himanshu balances both the career and calling in a perfect way.In the postmodern world of art, it is not common for young artists to be recreating images of gods and goddesses and tales from the Puranas. However, even if Himanshu’s stock of inspiration might be sourced in the hoary past, he brings to it his contemporary sensibilities, looking for the “shades of grey” to which he gives form and color of his own. While his visual arts training has been largely an inspirational wisdom inherited from his parents who are scholars in Sanskrit and braj bhasha, who were the ignition key for him to inspire and pursue art since childhood.Himanshu’s dance journey was different. His inner eye towards arts was opened by his mentor smt. Kamalini Dutt and followed the artistic path of dance from non-other than the goddess of dance guru Sri Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan and Sri Rama Vaidyanathan.

5. Lima Das (Doctor and Sattriya Dancer )

Rarely does one come across a person who strikes a perfect balance between the passion and the profession and excels in both. Guwahati-based Sattriya dancer and doctor Lima Das is one among these few. Daughter of an eminent doctor-father and a popular singer-mother, she was expected to excel both in academics and the arts. She not only lived up to the expectations of her family as a successful doctor-dancer-singer – and later as a doting wife and a mother - but also proved that study, job and family can’t contain the growth of an artiste. The gifted dancer was conferred the India International. She finished her masters in conservative dentistry and endodontics and later joined as a lecturer in the Regional Dental College, Guwahati.

6. Meenakshi Srinivasan(architect and a Bharatanatyam Exponent )

Meenakshi Srinivasan is a Bharatanatyam dancer, Architect and choreographer.Meenakshi's individual approach, technique and creativity are characterized by a distinctive sensuous geometry; as quoted by the press she is, "a dancer who embodies both sensitive and playful qualities through a dynamic presence on stage. She pursues her art with passionate precision and devotion that defines her approach to retain the purity of the great art. She is also an accomplished Architect and runs a boutique Architectural practice called Calm Studio. Meenakshi has been associated with SCDA Architects Singapore for nearly a decade.

7. Shloka Vaidialingam (Lawer cum Kuchipudi dancer )

Shloka Vaidialingam, a Delhi-based lawyer and Kuchipudi dancer who is juggling both with equal ease. Law and Kuchipudi are different streams but both are time-intensive and never-ending fields. You don’t get bored in either and they complement each other,” says Vaidialingam, who started learning the dance form when she was five. She is an ongoing performing artist performing and choreographing

8. Archana Karry (Management Trainer and Bharatanatyam dancer)

Archana Karry is a qualified Bharatanatyam Professional from the world renowned Institute ‘Kalakshetra’. She has more than 15 years of professional experience as a presenter, moderator and trainer. She has presented live performances for coveted sabhas in India & in the UK for over a decade. Being a Post Graduate in the Human resources (MBA), Archana applies ‘Think-out-of-the-Box’ concepts to bharatanatyam adhering to traditional theories and techniques while bringing this dance form to the fore.Archana was part of a niche training recap program for the internationally recognized Satyam School of Leadership. She presented “leadership through Dance” for “Emerging and New Leaders" for 600+ leaders spread over 15 programs for 2 years. This role won her a FLCL (Full Life Cycle Leader) Award which was awarded the first time for an outsider from Satyam.

They are some great examples ,there are many more exponents who manage to balance , like a good dancer their work and passion together . so there is never an end to chase ones calling . lets applaud them from the gut and get inspiration to pursue something which really inspires us

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