'Dream come true': Anaina grabs ultimate prize in School Kalolsavam

By Ganga R

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Kozhikode: The folk dancer Anaina, who won the same competition in Kerala State School Kalolsavam 2019, came onto the stage in Kozhikode, full of confidence and determination on Saturday.

Despite her knowledge that it was the last chance, the 12th-grade student from Silver Hills School in Kozhikode didn't falter and comfortably grabbed an A grade in Folk Dance at 61st Kerala School Kalolsavam. The only thing that bothered her the most was the fact that this was her final performance at the Kerala State Youth Festival, not the win or the grades.

She started dancing when she was three years old, and this was her third and final performance on this stage.

"For the past two years, I mostly missed this aspect of my school life, and now I am both excited and sad because this is my last performance at the State Youth Festival," she said.

She has been perfecting her skills since August in preparation for this stage. She also remembers vividly how her school, parents, and friends had helped her along the way.

Because of Covid-19, she couldn't perform for two years and left the stage knowing that she would never be able to dance again on this stage. She added that she would certainly grab every opportunity that comes her way to continue with her passion.

On the stage, she performed as a "Kurathi," who narrated the real Surpanaka tale. The narrative of Surpanaka is always told from Rama and Lakshmana's points of view. But in this instance, she took the initiative to narrate Surpanaka's narrative from Surpanaka's point of view. She used this to express Surpanaka's varying emotions, including love, rage, and suffering. Anish Natiyalaya and his daughter Aparna Anish, who developed the concept for the Surpanaka narrative, are her teachers. Her teacher, Aparna, emphasized that in folk dance, the "Kurathi" should be given priority because they are the key figures who sing the tales and disseminate them all around. Anaina took part in the group as well, earning an A. She loves to dance and hopes to pursue a diploma in dance.

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