Preethi Prashanth Menon
Indian Classical Dance is a well-balanced art form of dance, drama, and music. If one of these components gets more prominence than the other, then the art form will lose its balance. I always loved the drama aspect.
Since childhood dancing always gave me immense joy and hope of performing better and better. Hi, I am Preethi Prashanth Menon hailing from Kerela but born and brought up in Mumbai, though I am from Commerce background and worked in corporate for many years when I got married and shifted to Bangluru then I thought of taking my passion to another level.
As a performing artist, it is very difficult. I always wanted to become a teacher and pass it on to those who need it. I always encourage my students to follow their heart to keep the purity of dance because dance is an orphan without the true soul of the dancer. Dance has been my passion, my hobby since I was six years old...my mom spotted this interest in me and took me to a nearby dance school ....since then there was no looking back. Each year went by with rigorous training sessions, practice, performances. I am grateful and thankful to my parents without which this wouldn't have been possible. When I left my corporate job as I always wanted to dance, or maybe just practice or maybe teach I started working with schools in Bangalore as a dance instructor and also enrolled myself in a dance class to continue my practice. Later I joined Reva University in Bangalore and took a diploma in Kuchipudi. I was also practicing Odissi side by side while imparting training to students in Bharatanatyam. Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt will I able to give justice because by that time I was a Mother too. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. The struggle is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day - as long as you treat it that way. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. I founded Eashwaramba school of dance where training is imparted to students in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. I am also a visiting faculty at Kavyanjali school of dance and also at Prashanti Natya Kalakshetra. I am equally happy in seeing my eight years old daughter taking interest in this art form..the tough part when you have your own establishment and you have to be always there..whether it is classes, long hours of practice, performances or shows ....and you also have to be there for your kid whether it's her studies, homework, swimming classes, dental appointment. I'm proud of my hard work. Working hard won't always lead to the exact things we desire. There are many things I've wanted that I haven't always gotten. But, I have great satisfaction in the blessings of my daughter, who instilled a great work ethic in me both personally and professionally.
For me, the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do with pure passion. To all the mothers out there If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. You have one life to live; do your work with passion and give your best. I always tell my daughter whatever you do, do with determination!!