For Kogiles Chelva Kumar, the Bharathanatyam is an artform she holds dear to her as it ties her to her heritage and is an identity of the Indian society. She was enrolled into a Bharathanatyam class at 10 years old when her mother noticed her interest in learning dance. Since then, she’s been absolutely hooked. But because of financial challenges, paired with an undeniable offer from Perlis Matriculation and subsequently USM Penang, Kogiles had to give up her passion for dance to pursue a more “practical” route.
“I’ve always thought of myself as an Indian classical dancer and I have so much love for this art. But at that point in time, there was no way to continue my passion without making my single mother suffer financially. I had no choice but to put that passion on hold.”