Classical dancer hopes to inspire

Kumari Karen Kisten.

A 26-year-old Merebank lass recently participated in the KwaZulu-Natal Tamil Vedic Society Eisteddfod last week and is looking forward to attending the nationals together with her team.

Kumari Karen Kisten has been creating a storm in the dancing industry after graduating in the art of Bharatha Natyam in 2008.

The resident has been an aspiring dancer since she was a toddler. She achieved her honours due to hard work, dedication, and self-discipline.

Speaking to the Rising Sun, the excited dancer said that she loved watching dancers on TV and started dancing at the age of five-years-old.

“I started dancing through the Selvarani Dance Academy, situated at the Merebank Shri Parashakhi Temple hall. My tutor, Shrimathi Selvarani Naicker, nurtured and shaped us into talented young dancers with a bright future in classical dance. In a land of varied cultures with different forms of arts and sciences, not many people are attached to this divine classical art. It takes a very special individual to study and practice the various aspects of dance,” she said.

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The young student who is studying towards a Bachelor of Science at DUT said her dancing career has earned her numerous awards.

“I attended two workshops at the Saila Sudha in Nandanum in India. I also danced for President Jacob Zuma last year and met the Prime Minister. I was also part of a dance item at the Tamil Eisteddfod this year and we qualified for the nationals,” she said.

Kisten hopes to be a well-recognised dancer in the community. “I would like to share my talent with more people, especially young girls. I hope to empower the youth to become more involved in our rich heritage and culture. Being a Bharatha Natyam dancer is really more than just dance. It’s about connecting with your inner self and becoming more in tune with your culture,” she said. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching dance and spending quality time with family and friends.

Article: Candice George 

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