The Indian actress and trained classical dancer in Dubai, Asha Sharath, who included Malayalam’s blockbusters ‘Drishyam’ and ‘Varsham’, has launched a series of virtual dance master classes, caused by social distance measures due to COVID-19 .
‘Honestly, I was initially not very positive about this idea of virtual dance classes. But because of the COVID-19 outbreak, our classes had to be sacrificed face to face for a long time. My students seem to forget what they learned, and many were frustrated because they could not learn anything new. We were in a creative situation and something had to be done, ‘Sharath said in an interview with Gulf News by telephone from Kerala.
The award-winning actress, known for her role as a strict police officer trying to locate her missing son in ‘Drishyam’, was with top actor Mohanlal on the stage of the sequel to the film in Kerala when we talked about her new project.
Sharath, who has run her own dance academy in the UAE since 2003, has compiled the curriculum for dance forms ranging from Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi and Bollywood dance.
“My online classes are open to anyone who is passionate about dance and music. Age is not a measure in courses. You can be 50 years old, or you can be a housewife with rusty dance skills … The most important thing is that you can learn everything from the comfort of your home. I have installed large televisions in my classes so that we can see our student directly, ”she said.
Sharath is also keen to dispel doubts about distance education in today’s unusual times where there are various restrictions on travel and social interactions. Her fear that virtual dance classes may not be as effective as it is personal is equally valid, the actress believes.
‘Problems such as not being able to correct my student’s attitude have kept me from starting my own online classes. There are restrictions, agreed. But to avoid the problem, we will send tutorial videos to our students the day before the class to get a basic idea of what they will learn the next day. “We will send each of us a detailed curriculum and they will have to send videos of what they have learned so that we can correct it,” Sharath said. Each virtual session has limited students to ensure perfection. The teachers involved are also trained professional dancers.
So, how involved will Sharath be?
‘I will take some of the lessons, but not all … But my mother [Kalamandalam Sumathy] is a nationally acclaimed dancer and will follow classes for our students from around the world. She’s 75 plus, but it’s one of the rare opportunities to learn from her, ‘she said.
Her mother – who is a recognized dancer in India – sowed the seeds for the online master classes. Actors, including Boman Irani, introduced their own series of master classes. Like Irani, who has been taught screenwriting, the actress believes COVID-19 has led creative artists to push their boundaries.
‘COVID has many disadvantages, but it has also given us the opportunity to do so many other things. For the first time we have time to do things we are really passionate about … I always tell women to save some time for themselves and follow their passion … I taught students from the age of 5 to 75 … It’s never too late to learn, ”she said.
Sharath is known for her classical dance skills, but it was her turn in ‘Drishyam’ as a strict IPS official and upset mother for a dysfunctional teenager that caught her attention in the country.
‘It was a painful role to play as an artist and as a mother. I had to run into a frustrated mother who knew her teenage son’s actions were wrong, but she could not help loving her son. I played the same role in the Tamil and Kannada versions … As an artist, I’m so glad to be part of the sequel … I want this role to be better than the first installment of ‘Drishyam’, Said the actress.
After seven years, the crew of the hit thriller ‘Drishyam’ reunited in Thodupuzha, Kerala to film its important parts. Temperature investigations, limited crew and technicians with masks are part of Sharath’s new norm.
‘To be honest, it does not feel like seven years ago that we all met for this film. Everyone I met had such great respect for my character. “They liked the way the character was finely balanced,” she said.
Directed by Jeethu Joseph, the sequel will take off from where the original ends. Mohanlal played a middle-class parent who makes an effort to cover up the murder of a teenager who blackmailed his daughter with a good video. The cat-and-mouse game between Sharath and Mohanlal’s characters forms the core of the thriller.
‘Many people wonder how my character as a career woman and an upset mother could live with the reality that her son is not alive … The sequel will explore that tension … It’s a complicated character that I really enjoy has to play. We are also very careful during the filming of COVID-19 times. We take periodic tests to see if we are safe to shoot. ”
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Source: Gulf News