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Swetha Jairam in a talented Bharatnatyam dancer, professional choreographer, a Zumba Instructor, Weight loss counselor and life style coach, everything rolled into one! She has trained under the guidance of Guru Kalyanasundaram from the Rajarajeshwari Bharatanatya Kalamandir (Tanjavoor Style). From a young age, she was exposed to Indian Classical, folk dances and western style of dances. Swetha performed her Arangetram at the age of 13 and since then has been performing with her Guru at various places all over India and overseas.
For her, Bharatnatyam is a soulful reunion of the artiste with the supreme power. It is a mode through which an artiste pays obeisance to the giver of this talent. Thus it has a lot of divinity in the performance.
Commercialisation of Performing Arts Swetha Jairam
Swetha Jairam opines, “Today with a number of Bharatnatyam dance schools opening up at various locations it has commercialised this art form. There are teachers who have incorporated a slight change in the original style and made it theirs. Thus it is slowly washing away its purity. My thought lies in this vision that one should definitely encourage the spread of this knowledge but by keeping its traditions intact.”
She wants to highlight another problem associated with the performing art. She says, “One of the major drawbacks that I have observed is that after going through a grilling 7-8 years of guru-shishya parampara and after the artiste is ready to perform there are still insufficient platforms to showcase their talent. Most of these platforms are places where the artiste herself has to pay to perform and most of the shows go as charity shows. In this kind of a scenario you can’t expect the artiste to be motivated for a long time. This thus leads her to discontinue at the best stage of her dance career. I strongly feel that people should spread this form of art differently so that it finds survival, giving the artist more than one reason to head back to the dance class and keep the tradition alive.”