Kali Wants to Dance – Biography of Kali Veerapathiran
Dance is all that and more for Kali, he cannot be happy if he will be doing something else. With the help of Sarah Chanda a member of the managing committee of Gremaltes Hospital in Chennai, Kali’s finds sponsorship for his dance education. Soon Kali Veerapathiran at the age of 25 succeeds in becoming the only male dancer who has mastered the classical dance form Bharatanatyam, as well as three ancient Tamil folk dance forms.
Kali Veerapathiran won many awards completed his PG Diploma in dance, and became famous in India. He then founded Koothambalam, a dance school in Kovalam.
Kali becomes such a good dancer that his teachers ask him to perform at school programmes. Soon, he is known in the little fishing village as a Bharatanatyam dancer.
One day, Sarah Chanda, who manages a hospital in Chennai, sees him perform on stage. Ditheiyum tha thaa thei, Ditheiyum tha thaa thei
She’s astonished to see such a talented boy, and is moved that he’s gotten so far by himself.
In Kali’s family, there is never enough money to spare for dance classes. And who has heard of boys dancing for a living?
But Sarah is serious. “You must learn Bharatanatyam in a proper school, Kali,” she says. “I will pay your fees.”
Sarah arranges for Kali to visit Kalakshetra, one of the best dance schools in the country.
It is a beautiful place in Chennai with lots of trees.
Leela Samson, the head of Kalakshetra who is also a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer, tells Kali to perform for them.
Kali ties a saree crookedly over his trousers and dances to a film song.
The teachers think he has the makings of a classical dancer.
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