Local teen dances her way to the top

Viashna Soma in her traditional dance attire.

Inspired by her parents from a young age, the beautiful Viashna Soma has always loved mesmerising audiences with the melody of her ‘ghungroos’, facial expressions and graceful hand movements.

After recently celebrating her Kathak dance graduation at the Hindu Centre Hall, the grade 12 pupil at Wingen Heights Secondary School plans to open her own dance academy in February and wants to teach this beautiful art form and tradition to the next generation.

The dedicated dancer explained that a Rangmanch Pravesh is a momentous occasion in any student’s life and serves as the culmination of many years of hard work, dedication and perseverance in realising one’s dreams and ambitions.

Viashna started kathak at the tender age of three with Pravika’s Kathak Kendra. Her parents, Ajith and Koosh Soma said it was an amazing journey watching their little girl transform into the dancing doll that she is today.

She has performed at many religious functions hosted by the Chinmaya Mission and the Ramakrishna Centre. In addition to this, she performed at the Festival of Chariots, the FNB Diwali Festival, the Eastern Rendezvous Celebration hosted by the Department of Art and Culture and SASBO’s one hundred year celebration at Coastlands Umhlanga.

The exuberant lass also took part in SA’s Got Talent in 2015 and reached the third round. The local teen added, “The blood, sweat and tears have finally paid off. My journey in the kathak art form has just begun and I’m excited about my new journey that I am about to create. I also believe that dreams are important and can be made into a reality by dedication, passion and perseverance. I thank my parents and brother for their unconditional support and love through my dance journey.”

Candice George

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