At 57, Thrissur woman performs ‘Arangettam’ after her lone battle for daughter turned successful

Ranjith Madhavan 

Rajeswari with Bhavya, Rajeswari performing Bharatanatyam

Thrissur: At the age of 57, Rajarajeswari realised her dream with the satisfaction of achieving everything she aimed for. She performed her Bharathanattyam ‘Arangettam’ (first classical dance performance) with her daughter and became an exemplar for the women who are compelled to leave their desires for the sake of their loved ones.

Rajarajeswari, a native of Anandapuram chased her dream of dancing again, only after ensuring that her daughter’s career is secure. She had fought alone with life to assure education and a better life for her daughter Bhavya.

Now, Bhavya is a scientist at Indian Council for Medical Research in Mumbai.

Rajarajeswari could not make the ends meet with the meagre income that she earned from Anganwadi where she had worked. Hence, she took tuition classes for students in the morning, worked at the counters of a nearby temple in the evening. She also worked as a tailor to raise income.

Bhavya’s success in her examinations was her gift to her mother, who toiled for her. She could obtain 99 per cent of marks in SSLC and secured first position in the section of Scheduled Castes in the higher secondary examination. With 3rd rank, Bhavya completed her graduation in sociology from Kerala Univerity and then joined TATA Institute of Social Science for her post graduation in Social Work. It was after completing MPhil from the same institute, she gained placement as scientist B (non-medical) at ICMR.

By recognising the efforts of Rajarajeswari, the Women and Child Development Department had honoured her with a district-level award recently.

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