Dancer Hamsa Moily recalls how R.T. Nagar had mud roads when she moved in as a teenager
A versatile dancer, performer and theatre person, Hamsa Moily has been living in R.T. Nagar since 1989, and feels an immense adulation towards the neighbourhood.
The artiste has seen days when R.T. Nagar had mud roads, and says that the neighbourhood has changed rapidly over the years.
An early resident
Hamsa believes that clean surroundings are integral to the development of any area, and R.T. Nagar needs to work on this aspect. She says she feels safe here, and loves the neighbourhood. “I have been living here from the time I was a teenager and ours was one of the first houses in the locality. I moved to Chennai in 1995 and when I returned in 2003, there were so many houses and restaurants under construction. The changes were startling. People, however, need to be more conscious about keeping the place clean,” she says.
Though dance is her first love, she has also dabbled in films. She made her debut with the 2005 movie Sringaram – Dance of Love. The film was set in 1920s Tamil Nadu, when Bharathanatya was performed by Devadasis in ancient Hindu temples. “I choreographed and acted in the movie. It was a memorable experience and I look forward to doing more acting,” she says.
Dance of love
Hamsa started her theatre and media group ‘Gillo' in 2010 and the group's target audience is children. Kyun Kyun Ladki, the group's first performance in Mumbai was choreographed by the dancer. “It is an adult group that performs for children and Gillo has been such a good experience. Enormous efforts were put into the making of Kyun Kyun Ladki. We conducted workshops for six months to achieve perfection,” says the multi-faceted artiste. Hamsa conducts dance workshops for rural children and adults through the NGO Kishkinda Trust.
“I have conducted workshops for rural children in Anegundi. I love working with non-dancers as they have an open mind and absorb readily. When dancing and acting come together, the performance is pure pleasure because dance includes both Nrithya and Abhinaya, ” she adds passionately.
This talented dancer took her first step into choreography in M.S. Sathyu's play Kurukshetra to Kargil, in which she also acted. She then joined B. Jayshree's group for three years and later became a freelancer.