Priya Kumar Varunesh is a Dancer, Actress, Aspiring Host, Wellness Speaker and Youtuber from Karnataka, India
Born and brought up in a city that is now recognised as the UNESCO world heritage city, “Ahmedabad”, She was always fascinated by the folk arts. The sheer vibrancy, the motto of joy that the folk arts spread always felt like it resonated with her interest.
Folk dances, and the way it was originated do not follow a strict, rigid structure, but evolved with time and social settings within towns and cities. The fluidity of this folk dance always gave her enough room to experiment without actually breaking a rule of the dance form.
Coming from a Bharatanatyam background, She has always found freedom in folk dances, as it is a more evolved kind of movement. She feel like she can contribute to the folk arts in India because of the combination of her technical knowledge, her passion for dance and the folk arts, and the mission to bring this together to the country and to the world.
One of her long term projects in life is to create a video encyclopaedia of all the folk dance forms in India in the form of documentaries shot of those artists, and slowly even consider expanding it to tutorials on educational portals so that this helps not only preserve and document the folk forms, prevent them from reaching extinction and also help share this knowledge with the world and thus help create even more evolved movements across the world.
She has directed 2 folk dance productions – Bandhani & Bhoomi. She has choreographed multiple shows for schools as well as corporates. She also has a popular Youtube channel with over 9 million views.
She has been part of various reality shows – the most notable being Dance-India-Dance. She reached the last 12 contestants and won many hearts with her versatility in showcasing different genres of dance. She also recent performed on the Kannada hit show Kick.
Watch some of her videos :
DOLA RE DOLA
CHAUDHARY, THE HIDDEN BELOVED
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