Dimple Kaur, a multi talented and well versed classical dancer as well as an actor and also a Psychotherapist and Counselor who is born to dance and cure many lives. Her devotion towards dance is so deep that, she submits herself to be “The Eternal Bride” wedded to the divine,through dance. Her career on this field is highly inspiring for what she have done and achieved as well as contributed to the art form. She holds Qualification degree in Ph.d, M.Sc in Psychology,trainer in Clinical Hypnotherapy (CHt, USA) along with training in Indian classical dance, public communication and M.A in English literature.
Dimple Kaur have pioneered first of its kind approach using Dance Movement therapy named as Natya Yog therapy for Children with multiple disabilities.She has been honoured with various awards Nritya Ratna Award , Nritya Thrragai Award, Apoorva Pratibha Award, Lasya Mohini Award. She has been performing all over the country and abroad showcasing mostly the classical dance form i.e. Bharatnatyam, Vilasininatyam and Chhau.She has also actively participating on theaters that are of contemporary genres.
Talking with such a beautiful persona was itself an highly honourable moment for us.
Sharing her beautiful and inspiring journey hereby with you all –
Ques: Its been said “Childhood days are the best days of everyone’s life”, how good or bad it was for you and how did the your journey shaped from realization of dance to be your basic art form?
Ans: Childhood leaves deep impression on the mind for sure. I had a good childhood and my mother being my first dance teacher would teach me folk dance like Rajasthani, Punjabi etc. This initial exposure sowed the seeds of dance and desired to perform in me. By the age of 7, I remember watching the movie Meera, played by eminent personality Mrs. Hema Malini, which left a deep mark and memory on me and resulted in The National Program of Dance on Delhi Doordarshan becoming my favourite program and I would stay awake till 11:00 pm in night to see the classical dance performances. The dance performances across multiple dance forms mesmerised me as a child and I would try to learn one or two hand gestures as I watched dancers perform as part of the TV program. My deep interest in Indian Classical dance and emulations while seeing various programs, was observed by my mother who enrolled me to learn Bharatnatyam Dance which I entered class 9th, under my first teacher Mr. Mahesh George. Learning Indian classical dance made me super happy and I started to learn with full enthusiasm and my teacher constantly motivated me to learn and perform. It was great journey for 3 years but I had to pause classes in preparation for class 12th board examinations. While I did stop the class for couple of months I constantly felt very sad when I did not dance, hence I resumed my classes immediately after the exams. My parents always encouraged me to dance till I got married.
Ques: Born into a Punjabi family, that too Sardarni, any special value that you carry in your art?
Ans: I am Deeply touched by Guru Nanak and His teachings –
Naam japo – to keep taking God’s name
Kirat karo – to earn your bread with hard work
Vand Chhako – to share your food with others and the needy.
He also emphasised the importance of learning. Sikh literally means some one who has learn and I was a topper in Divinity subject in my school and loved translating and explaining the meanings of the spiritual writings of the Gurus. The evolutionary nature of this religion kept me going forward in this art. Though I did find certain set backs especially around language and social barriers, but due to my persistent nature, I continued my learning of dance.
Ques: We got to know that teaching and learning art have always been your best friends, but shifting the focus to psychotherapy and research, and developing a dance based therapy model, how that inclination took part?
Ans: Dance has always been a Constant in my life while academics was also my strong point. Many people kept on telling me to choose one, but I kept on pursuing both simultaneously. Deep in my heart I knew I will be making and exploring something New ! The western world has already accepted and is following dance therapy model. I attended various courses and workshops which gave me in insight and structure to the model that I wanted to create following the Natya Shastra. As a performer I was able to give depth to my themes basis understanding of abhinaya and when coupled with my psychotherapy training was able to integrate the two in a meaningful way. Various institutes, schools and colleges started inviting me to train their teachers and students with the module that I had created. Based on the premises of projective technique, Expressive Art therapies, my Natya Yog Therapy provides mental health benefits to audience
Ques: Gurus are the one who have always played an important role in our lives. How impactful Gurus were in your lives? Mention us with any specific incident that that you want to share with us?
Ans: “Guru Gobind Dono Khade
Kaake Lagoon Paaye
Balihari Guru Apne
Jin Gobind Diyo Milaaye”
Guru plays a key role in opening our mind to different aspects of Art and life. Guru Sonal Mansingh ji taught me a lot about strength, Sanskrit and Iconography. Guru Swapna Sundari ji polished and sharpened my abhinaya and Guru Padma Subramaniyam ji brought lot of in depth study to my learning. Her calmness and perseverance have an amazing impact on students. “You don’t know that you are so lucky and blessed that you can dance, not everybody can”, Guru Sonal Mansingh ji would say on various occasions followed by “You are the living heritage of India”. These had a lasting impact on me as a student and now as a performer and teacher I feel the impact of those words even stronger.
Ques: What are the five things that you think an aspiring artiste should have in their own art? The success mantra that you want to share?
Ans: Every artist should have a firm belief in what they are learning and what they want to practice. Belief , focus, perseverance, hard work and personal discipline. Any last thing that you want to share Educate and Create! Education is very vital. Ability to evolve will come only if people read and write and then create. The teachers and the Guru’s should also facilitate the creativity of the students by being more accepting of the newer ideas.
Ria Chowdhury is the staff correspondent, content writer and a free lance writer. She is currently pursuing her final semester in Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from AIMT, Guwahati. She loves to explore, travel and meet new people.