Born into a family where art is a compulsion, Isha Farha started learning dance at the age of three from her mother, Kalamandalam Haseena. She is now adept in various Indian dance forms, including Bharathnatayam , Mohiniyattam, and Kuchipudi. She won the title of Kalathilakam in 2008 for excellence in the field of Bharathnatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudy, folkdance, one-act play and storytelling. She is the founder of the dance teaching institute Bharatha Bharathi.
An engineer by profession, Isha Farha, made her Malayalam movie debut last year with Progress Report. In an email interview, she speaks about her passion for dance, and how she balances her many acts, well into adulthood.Izzie: How did your family introduce you to Indian dance forms?
Isha Farha: My mother is Kalamandalam Haseena, a trained professional dancer and choreographer from Kerala Kalamandalam. She is my Guru and she has trained me primarily on Bharathnatayam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi . I am now currently training on Kathak and other contemporary art forms. I was offered a scholarship from Center for cultural research and training (CCRT) for Bharathnatyam and Mohiniyattam. This scholarship helped me pursue my passions. [Read more...]