Classical Indian dancer makes a mark this DSF

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By Florence Pia G. Yu, Web News Editor  www.gulfnews.com

In costume and out to entertain, artists get plenty of opportunity to do what they do best during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). There are clowns, magicians, stage actors and actresses… And then there are dancers like Dubai resident Monisha Sukumar.

    *  Image Credit: Florence Pia G. Yu/Gulf News     * Indian classical dancers perform at a Dubai Shopping Festival event in Mercato, Dubai.
* Image Credit: Florence Pia G. Yu/Gulf News * Indian classical dancers perform at a Dubai Shopping Festival event in Mercato, Dubai.

The 15-year-old has been one of the weekend entertainment acts at the Mercato Mall this DSF, performing Indian classical dance with a group of four other girls. On stage, they exude confidence, poise and grace with the flick of a finger, a pirouette, a tilt of the head, a tiptoe or a shuffle.

“I feel that dance is a beautiful language that communicates to all kinds of people,” Sukumar told Gulf News after her performance on Saturday. “I feel extremely happy that I am able to convey what I want as an artist to the people around me.”

The teen specialises in the Pandanallur art of dance, which she says stresses on hand gestures and form. “I have been taking dance lessons since I was 10 years old. When I was a small kid, I often went in front of the mirror and tried different poses. Then my mum saw me and decided to enroll me in dance class,” she said.

She has been performing for DSF, at the Global Village and in various events in Dubai.

When she is not performing at social events, she shares her talent to charitable causes; dancing for the Help Age India Charitable Trust, The Karunai Villa for special children in Chennai, the Bala Mandir Orphanage, and at an event to raise funds for Haiti. More info