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A starlet at arts festival

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C. Ramya
C. Ramya

She missed out on two films - including one starring her favourite actor, Mohanlal - because she wanted to compete in the Calicut University inter-zone arts festival. C. Ramya is happy that she chose to participate in the arts festival.

Not just she got prizes in three of the four events that she competed in, she came close to getting the Kalathilakam title too, in what was her debut at a festival like this. She came first in Mohinyattom, second in Folk Dance and third in Kathaprasangam.

"Since I studied in a school following ICSE syllabus, I could not take part in the school youth festivals," said the B.A. (Functional English) student of Vimala College, Thrissur, who added to the glamour of the Calicut University arts festival at Kozhikode Medical College.

"I learnt dance not because I wanted to take part in competitions, but because I love dancing and would like to become a professional dancer," said Ramya, who has done quite a few Malayalam films as a child artiste. She has starred in films like `Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala', `Bhoothakkanadi', `Arayannangalude Veedu', `Pranayavarnangal', `Janmadinam', `Vanaprastham' and `Sari'. She has also acted in a couple of Tamil films.

"I am doing two more films in Tamil and would of course love to act in Malayalam cinema," said Ramya, who was initiated to the world of music and dance by her mother Remadevi, an actress in films and serials herself. "I have performed dance recitals along with my mother and have done solo shows in Bharatanatyam too. I would continue to dance even if I become busy in films."

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