Dhivya S Pillai, the Bharatanatyam exponent says, “Dance is a medium to evoke one’s soul and bridge between the soul and the supreme soul”
“Dance is a medium to evoke one’s soul and bridge between the soul and the supreme soul”, says Bharatanatyam exponent, Dhivya S Pillai, the Bharathanatyam Exponent from Kerala now, living in Bangalore.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be”, an unknown quote, nevertheless, it jells well with this context. An aspiring artiste, a graduate in one of the leading performing art form, Bharatanatyam, doubled up with another degree in Carnatic vocals, Psychology as well as Literature, the picture is incomplete, if not mentioned about her profile as a graded artiste from Doordharshan, the coveted recognition from the national television channel of India.
Never resting on her own laurels, this lass, with her roots in Kollam in Kerala, but essentially a Bangalorean is currently pursuing her Post Graduation (MSc) in Yoga Therapy and MFA in Bharatanatyam in tandem from Annamalai University. Guess, this introduction will not suffice to justify her talent and that is Dhivya S Pillai for you.
With fame, there comes the added commitment to sustain. Rightly so, hers was not a stage managed show overnight. For, her arduous journey to master the art of Bharatanatyam started off at the tender age of five, under the tutelage of Hemalatha Prakash, while she was also finding time to learn the pure Vazhavur school of thought from Jayakamala Pandian, daughter of Swamimalai Rajaratinam Pillai and grand daughter of Vazhur Rammaiah Pillai as well. Not being content with that, Dhivya also pursued a crash course under RLV Anand.
Besides that, the gifted artist, Dhivya also had the privilege of meeting and interacting with seasoned Bharatanatyam artistes and choreographers, which not only influenced her outlook and approach towards this particular genre of the performing arts, but also helped her immensely when she did stage her Arangetram (launching) as a flourishing soloist Bharatanatyam artiste in 2011.
Notwithstanding her graduation in Bharatanatyam (BA), Dhivya also has a slew of other qualifications to her credit including clearing the junior and senior grade examinations, conducted by Karnataka Educational Board, that too with first class and distinction respectively. What is more, Dhivya has also cleared the Junior Grade Carnatic Vocals Examination from the same Board.
Dhivya, after conditioning herself in the rigmaroles of Bharatanatyam had become one of the able Jury members in Bangalore circuit, after sitting in a slew of judging panels that includes inter-collegiate classical dance festivals. Not to miss is the fact that Dhivya is also the Examiner for Junior as well as Senior Bharatanatyam Dance Examinations conducted by the Karnataka Educational Board.
Maiden Stage Programme
Dhivya’s maiden stage programme was when she was hardly seven years young. Beginning her winning streak after winning the state as well as national level competitions, Dhivya was rocking by giving solo performances across the state as well as neighbouring states. At that point in time, Dhivya was also a tutor at the Shishukunj Vidyalaya, run under the Mahila Sangh, in Bangalore, for the underprivileged children without seeking any sort of monetary gains.
Percolating the complex art form of Bharatanatyam to a layperson, by comprehending the fact that all individuals and their perceptions, are nevertheless different, Dhivya was able to reach out and convey the Saahithya Bhaava to the ordinary citizens with her sophisticated Abhinaya as a soloist. Furthermore, the critics have termed Dhivya as “A dancer personified with her overwhelming confidence, matching with her vivacious movements, along with fluid expressions.
Dhiviya, who is also a member of the Indian Institute of World Culture has a solid philosophy behind her passion for Bharatanatyam. Without mincing words, Dhivya signs off with immense eloquence, “Dance is a medium to evoke one’s soul and bridge between the soul and the supreme soul.”