KERALA

When rugby and dance meet

grace and skill:Shweta Prachande performing Bharatanatyam at the Chavara Cultural Centre in Kozhikode on Thursday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

grace and skill:Shweta Prachande performing Bharatanatyam at the Chavara Cultural Centre in Kozhikode on Thursday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

more-in

Shweta Prachande is a dancer of promise

Rugby is the roughest of sports and Bharatanatyam one of the most graceful of all arts. The twain meets delightfully in the little, graceful frame of Shweta Prachande.

She has played for an Indian rugby team abroad and is also making a mark as a Bharatanatyam dancer of promise. She performed at the Chavara Cultural Centre here on Thursday, sixth day of the Rasavikalpam dance festival, organised by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi.

“I have been dancing since the age of four, but discovered rugby much later,” says Shweta. “Some six years ago, I watched rugby in Pune while I went for working out in a sports club and liked it,” she says.

“So I decided to give it a try and played for Pune in an all-India tournament. I was then selected for the Indian team for the Asian Women’s Sevens championship at Pattaya, Thailand.”

She is not much into playing rugby these days, though she continues to follow the sport. “My younger sister Saloni is a good player and has also played for India,” she says. “My focus is now on dance.” It is for the sake of dance that she moved to Chennai from Pune and learnt Tamil. “Bharatanatyam makes more sense to me after I learnt the language,” says Shweta, whose mother is a Punjabi and father a Kannadiga. “Now I understand the nuances of the literature we use in Bharatanatyam better.”

She says she is fortunate to have Priyadarsini Govind, one of India’s finest dancers, as her guru.

Related Topics
Recommended for you