Neha/ Riya and Sandra | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: A 17-year-old dance teacher Neha flew to Kozhikode from Singapore to see the ‘arangettam’ (first dance performance) of her students Riya and Sandra. The students met their teacher in person for the first time, only a few hours before their performance.
This unmatched teacher-student relationship rendered a stirring experience for the onlookers. Thottilpalam natives Riya and Sandra are siblings and they have been learning Bharatanatyam through online classes from Neha, who is residing in Singapore. Neha ensured a stage for her students to perform and offered attire and jewellery for free.
Riya and Sandra are studying in seventh and tenth standards respectively. Though they were interested in learning classical dance, the financial constraints of the family hindered their dream. They are the daughters of Plakkal Shijo and Jinsy.
Neha came to know about the sisters Riya and Sandra, and their desire to learn dance, through a friend in Singapore. The sisters were complete strangers to Neha, who was brought up in Singapore. Soon, she started to train the sisters through online classes for free. Neha, herself had arranged a programme at a school in Cheruthuruthy for Riya and Sandra to perform. Neha also performed Bharatanatyam at the same stage.
Neha is currently pursuing an internship in a bank in Singapore, with an aim to join a course in finance in the US. Her family, including father Ramesh Nair, mother Rakhi and sister Arya are settled in Singapore.