“When I first started dancing, I used to pretend to be sick or tired to bunk classes, but now I know that I want to continue to dance for the rest of my life,” Anagha Hemachandran reveals as she talks about winning the Bal Shree award for 2011-12.
She first applied for the award for the year 2010-11, but due to some mix up, she did not attend the finals in Delhi. Subsequently, the National Bal Bhavan sent her a letter saying she could participate in the finals directly without attending the preliminaries. Once this letter arrived, there was no looking back, she said.
Last week, the results came out, and she was on the list for ‘Creative Performance’.
“There will be a function in my school on Monday to honour me for my award. It has been over 10 years since anyone from St. Joseph of Cluny has won the Bal Shree award,” she says excitedly.
She started participating in dance competitions in Class VI, and, since then, has won many awards, including the Puducherry Best Child Award two years ago, when she was in Class X.
Now, she is juggling dance and education, with her Class XII public examinations just around the corner.
The award has just made her want to pursue dance even more, she said.
Although her training is mainly in Bharatnatyam, she had had to undergo some amount of training in folk dances.
She now knows Karagam, Kavadi and Rajasthani folk dance.
When asked about her future plans, she said she wanted to finish her Class XII exams and write the medical entrance test. Her goal was to become a doctor, but at the same time not let go of her dancing.