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TWINKLE TOES: Sukhanya, Anjaly and Tanu  

Bharatanatyam de stresses them, gives them peace of mind and instills in them confidence, say the trio.

Sukhanya Iyer, Anjaly Balachandran and Tanu Singh have been learning Bharatanatyam together since they were little girls. "For me it was tradition. I am from Kerala and all kids learn either dance or music, so I got into Bharatanatyam. Dance also gives you a lot of peace of mind and keeps you from getting distracted by vulgarities," says Anjaly who studies in Std. IX in Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. To Tanu, dance gives a lot of confidence. After seven years of learning the form, the three girls recently gave their group arangetram (stage debut). So how is a group arangetram different from a solo arangetram? "It requires more co-ordination. When you are dancing solo, if you make a mistake you can always cover up. But in a group performance you have to be in sync so we worked a lot on co-ordination," explains Sukhanya. She adds, "The three of us have been together since the beginning, first with Anuradha Venkataraman and then with Padma Shri awardee Saroja Vaidyanathan. So it wasn't that difficult for us." According to Anjaly it also reduces the stress and keeps the audience more interested. "An arangetram goes on for one and a half to two hours. So a solo performance can get boring. I think group performance is more interesting for the audience," she opines. "What we did was to spilt the varnam, which is the longest piece, into solo parts. The rest of the pieces we performed as a group," she adds.But dance is not the only thing that interests them. While Sukhanya and Tanu are into cricket and basketball respectively as well as drawing, Anjaly is looking at a career in the science stream and also plans to learn Carnatic music.