Actress Asha Sharath recollects Onam memories
Mollywood actress and dancer Asha Sharath took a journey through her beautiful memories of Onam while talking to Mathrubhumi. She narrated the colourful frames of Pookalam, Onakodi and Onasadya in her real life, enjoying its essence.
Childhood in Perumbavoor
The actress who played the role of a tough police officer in ‘Drishyam’ said it was a special Onam during childhood. “In my childhood, my parents and siblings celebrated Onam at our home in Perumbavoor. On the day of ‘Uthradam’, we pay a visit to my mother’s house at Pindimana. At that time, the three siblings were eager to receive Onakodi from our uncles. By night, we return home and start preparations for ‘Thiruvonam’,” described Asha.
“On the day of Thiruvonam, I enjoyed Onasadya prepared by my mother. Interestingly, my mother used to prove herself as the best chef with sadya,” she recollected.
‘Pookalam’ competition with a friend
“Suma, our neighbour was my close friend. So, during Onam days, my only aim was to defeat Suma in Pookalam. I used to finish my Pookalam before she wakes up. I got two brothers and she got two sisters. So obviously, her team defeats me with a beautiful Pookalam. But still, I continued to compete with her every year,” Asha revealed an interesting story.
Dance programmes during Onam days
Asha Sharath is the daughter of noted classical dancer Kalamandalam Sumathi. Hence, she was always busy with dance programmes in temples and associations during Onam days.
“I used to accompany my mother’s team for dance programmes. Programmes were avoided only on Uthradam and Thiruvaonam days. My mother believes that family should gather on these days and cook and enjoy delicious Sadya together. Nowadays, I am following these instructions from her in my family on Uthradam and Thiruvonam,” said Asha.
Onam in Dubai
The dancer-turned-actress is settled in Dubai after getting married at the age of 18.
“Actually, I was too disturbed when I migrated to Dubai. I felt suffocation without dance during those initial days in Dubai. So, I slowly planned and established my own dance school. When students started to join classes, I started enjoying my life,” Asha shared her experience of shifting to a foreign country.
Asha revealed that her family celebrates Onam with her friends Rekha and Rajitha in Dubai.
Onam amid lockdown
Asha, her husband and elder daughter Uthara got stuck in Kerala amid the lockdown over Coronavirus outbreak. The family reached here in March for a dance programme at Guruvayur temple. Her younger daughter is studying in Canada.
“As the lockdown extended, we decided to celebrate Onam in Kerala. I’m really happy to celebrate Onam with my parents,” said Asha with a smile.