Sudha Chandran: Dancing connects me to another world
The actress says that dance is her life, her soul and everything else that matters.
No matter how stressed or tired she is, once is on the stage, there is no turning back for actress-dancer Sudha Chandran. The actress says that dance is her life, her soul, and everything else that matters. “I perform in the South and it’s been a regular feature because I’m doing this serial for Zee Telugu, and I’ve been dancing in most of their events. This actually gives me a lot of scope to be dancing on a lot of south numbers, which I miss, because I live in Mumbai. So, this gives me the opportunity and Zee Telugu has left no stone unturned to make this happen. They make sure that I participate in most of their events where I’m dancing and dance is my passion.
So, if you’re talking about my performances in India or abroad, yes, I just simply love performing on stage. I think the feel of the stage itself is something that cannot be explained in words. The moment you come on stage, no matter how tired I am, when I am performing, all my stress goes away. It releases me of all my tension and pain. It connects me to another world. I create a bubble around me and I’m so, so, so happy in that bubble. When I am performing, I think that is my world. I own the stage and I love to perform on stage,” she says.
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The actress is 56 years old and is still known for her absolutely mesmerising performances. “Age is just a number. I think I’m too young. Look at Vaijanti Malaji, she was performing at the age of 86. I think I should be ashamed to say that I am old. I would be ashamed, if I do not perform on stage, even at this age. In fact, she has been my inspiration then and now and forever. I saw one of the clippings where she was performing at the age of 86 and on the stage during her performance she performed a Sashtang Namaskar on stage. She got up with the same ease and started performing.
So I think legends like Vaijanti Malaji, are people who are idols, are examples, are legends to whom I look upon. So I don’t think at the age of 56 I should be thinking. Can I dance at this age? This thought has never ever come into my mind and especially when I dance, age never ever comes into my mind. Basically, it is just your physical fitness. And if you enjoy doing what you love, age is no bar. I think I wish to continue dancing. And I want to dance till the last breath of my life and the only prayer that I have for god is to please take my life when I’m performing on stage. I think that will be the best exit I can get from this world,” she says.
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Ask her who is her dance inspiration, and she says, “I already said who is my inspiration. But yes, the other inspiration that I would love to talk about, especially when you lose something, is when you realise the worth of what you have lost. Initially when I used to dance, I used to dance more because my mother wanted me to be a dancer. I started dancing at the age of three. At that time, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to be a dancer or not. So probably it was my mother’s passion towards dancing that made me a dancer. I continued it because it was a part of my curriculum at school. If my school was a part of me, my dancing lessons were also a part of my curriculum, so all that I knew was that my life was divided between my school and my dancing school.
But when faith snatched away this art from me, and when I was told that I can never dance again, is when I realised that I had lost something and I had to fight for it and get it back. I really didn’t know how, and how would I be able to do this? But they say that when you sincerely pray to God and you ask for it, even the universe answers back. Probably the eight months I was laying in the hospital bed is when I kept praying every moment that please didn’t take the stage away from me. It is a miracle that I got to go back on stage. And with the help of the Jaipur Foot, I continued to dance. So I think that’s probably what drives me to dancing.”