Rasika Kumar is the daughter and student of Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director of Abhinaya Dance Company. She began studying at the early age of four and performed her arangetram in 1996. Additionally, Rasika has studied abhinaya with Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan for several years and has trained under Sri C.V Chandrasekar. She has also attended workshops by several acclaimed artists including Smt. Bragha Bessel, Sri Madurai P Muralidharan, and Smt. Rama Vaidhyanathan.
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
I was just getting my feet wet in the field of dance choreography and the fellowship gave me a huge boost of confidence to continue doing so.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I still do a lot of dancing and dance choreography. My work has changed in scale greatly as I've taken on more artistic direction for productions.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Learn the business of art so you can create AND be successful!
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Brimming with talent. Less pay.
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