Thiruvananthapuram: If one is passionate about something, s/he will go to any extent to follow it. And that is exactly what Sruthy Thampuratty has proved with her life. As an employee of UST Global and a disciple of renowned dancer and research scholar Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Sruthy shows us that nothing is impossible if one has
Thiruvananthapuram: If one is passionate about something, s/he will go to any extent to follow it. And that is exactly what Sruthy Thampuratty has proved with her life. As an employee of UST Global and a disciple of renowned dancer and research scholar Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Sruthy shows us that nothing is impossible if one has the burning desire to achieve it. Her passion for dance finally led to the establishment of her dance school ‘Saachi Academy of Classical Dance’ at Kowdiar in Thiruvananthapuram.
Dance for Sruthy was never a passing fad and hence, she decided to carry her passion forward
Set up in October 2018, the dance school now has 20 students which include kids to adults over 50 years of age. Dance for Sruthy was never a passing fad, but she in turn, decided to carry her passion forward. She was crowned ‘Kalathilakom’ of Alappuzha five times consecutively during her school days. “It was my mother’s wish to make me a dancer. She was a trained Carnatic singer. Since I had more inclination towards dance than music, she wanted me to excel in that,” said Sruthy. “Education-wise, IT industry fascinated me and that is how I joined UST Global five years ago, but passion-wise, I am still a dancer at heart,” adds Sruthy.
Sruthy, who works as a Lead – Sales Support in UST Global, says that many techies like her want to learn dance but the timings of dance schools are not suited for them as they often clash with their working hours. That is how she thought of starting the dance school along with her cousin Lekshmi Mohan that functions according to the timings and convenience of techies. Obviously, ‘Saachi’ conducts dance classes on weekends – both in the morning and evening so that techies can attend the classes as per their convenience. Most of Sruthy’s students are from Technopark firms especially from companies like Toonz Animation and UST Global.
Sruthy started learning dance when she was only three-and-a-half years old under the guidance of Kalamandalam Kavitha Krishnakumar and later under the guidance of Girija Chandran and Sreelekshmi R. Now she and her students perform programmes at temples in and around Thiruvananthapuram. The dance school ‘Saachi’ mainly specialises in teaching Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam. Sruthy, a core member of Natana, a fine arts club of Technopark employees, is an active participant in the programmes being conducted by the forum.
“I want to pursue my passion for dance more intensely. And, as part of it, I would like to take a doctorate in dance. As a prelude to this, Sruthy is pursuing her MA in Bharathanatyam under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam in Chennai. She travels to Chennai once in a month, during a weekend for attending the classes.
“I am really fortunate to be one among the 40 handpicked students from all over India. We are given training in Angas, Upangas, Charis and Karanas (movements in Natyashasthra) along with regular items like Padam, Varnam, Jawali, Thillana etc. Karanas are movements related to temple sculptures and not everyone offers training in it. She also walks us through the different chapters of Natyashasthra. Paduakka, as she is fondly called, also gives us an opportunity to interact with other world-class dancers like Ramli Ibrahim, a famous Odissi dancer,” says the excited disciple in Sruthy.
Sruthy also does not forget to thank her company UST Global and team manager Deepa Sarojammal for encouraging her to pursue her passion along with her profession. For more details, contact Sruthy at +91 98090 16951