The True Story Of A Dancer
I love poetry. That’s why I am here.
My husband- Radhakrishna Menon, found this Poetry site - Poem Hunter for me, in June 2015. Ever since, I am here enjoying poems and the wonderful comradeship of my fellow poets.
I was born in Bombay, to wonderful parents - Savithri and Sankaran Nair, on 3rd August 1950. Being the first born, I was showered with lots of love and affection by my parents. I was given excellent education by my father, who also inculcated in me the habit reading books. My mother encouraged me to learn dance and music.
I took science in college intending to become a medical doctor but realised that I was, least inclined to work in hospitals. After my graduation (B.Sc) in Kerala, I came to Mumbai. I joined the Government Law College, completed my LL.B degree and became a lawyer. I worked in the Sessions Court, just for a day, under a criminal lawyer, and realised that I did not want to stand with criminals, day in and day out, arguing in the court.
All along, it was my simple wish from childhood, just to spend my life dancing and singing. When I expressed this desire, almost everyone in my family were quite shocked and perturbed. Coming from an orthodox family, this was not at all considered a respectable vocation, especially for a girl.
However, I was determined to pave my path in life. I took to Mohiniattam – a graceful dance style from Kerala, very seriously. I performed numerous recitals, choreographed and researched deeply into Mohiniattam style; systematised, codified and documented my work on Mohiniattam; and published them as books. For forty years, I have been a stage artiste, performing as a professional dancer, in India and other countries like England, Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, U.K., U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Sri Lanka and China. I enjoyed performing and travelling to various countries.
The journey as a dancer was tough with lots of trials and tribulations. It was not always a bed of roses, there were thorns too. However, I continued being a dancer for the simple reason that when I am on stage performing, it gave me immense joy. It transported me into a different world altogether. If I have another birth, I would like to be a dancer, once again.
Throughout my career as a dancer, I managed to continue my academic study as well, at the University of Mumbai and obtained a Doctoral degree for my research in “Narayaneeyam – Philosophy, Bhakti and Aesthetics”
I am married to Radhakrishna Menon, a philanthropist, kind, compassionate and well read. I call him ‘My Tibetan Monk’. He has let me retain my individuality and has been my best teacher as well. Without my husband’s incredible support, I could never have achieved anything in life.
We have a beautiful daughter named Radhika, who now works for an International Organization. She is a globe trotter and travels extensively for her work.
I am spending the evening of my life, singing songs in praise of God and writing poems on nature and philosophy. I have a set of devoted students, whom I continue to teach, and in the process continue to learn as well. My quest for perfection continues………