Kozhikode: Navaneetha Sijan and Niranjan Sreelakshmi, two close friends, received wide applause for their mesmerising folk dance performances that earned them an A grade at 61st Kerala School Kalolsavam on Saturday.
Navaneetha participated in folk dance for High School girls, while Sreelakshmi participated for Higher Secondary girls.
"We are very happy to have arrived here as a team. For many years, we have been polishing our dancing skills together. Being given the chance to compete at the state level itself is something to be proud of. Since the day we arrived here, we have been enjoying ourselves and having a good time. The Kalolsavam has been a genuinely beautiful experience, and Calicut is quite hospitable," said the talented duo.
Both performed the story of Kannaki, the iconic leading lady of Ilanko Adigal's Tamil epic "Silappadikaram," who is eulogised as the epitome of chastity and worshipped as a goddess. The duo have been winning praises from the audience for their soulful performance.
The pair acknowledged their academy as the reason for their success while discussing their dance career. "We intend to keep dancing and further our education in the field. Our success is largely due to Anaswara Dance Academy in Kochi. Several other members of our academy's student body also bagged grades. We are really happy that everyone at least received an A, which is an amazing accomplishment. We intend to continue being consistent in the upcoming years as well," they said.
More than 30 students participated in folk dance in each section. The competitions were held in two venues, Vikram Maidan and Zamorin HSS, from 9 am to 3 pm.