Thirteen-year old Vanya Verma, an Indian national residing in Ipoh, is a Year 10 student at the Ipoh International School. But unlike other 13-year olds who more commonly spend their time on Facebook and hanging out, she recently performed her Bharatanatyam arangetram accompanied by accomplished musicians. Bharatanatyam is an Indian Classical dance. Arangetram is the term used for the full repertoire solo debut performance by a student of this art form. This marks a milestone for Vanya, as she has been learning the nuances of this art form since she was 3½ with dedication, discipline and diligence under the tutelage of Guru Smt. K. Puvaneswary at the Ipoh Nattiya Kalanjali Dance Academy. Following tradition, this solo debut performance was dedicated to the Lord, the Guru and invited guests comprising art connoisseurs, family and friends.
Having completed her learning, and ready for public performance of the full repertoire, as demanded by the tradition of the art, Vanya performed with expression and grace. Indeed, her parents Dr. Varun Jeoti, a Professor at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, and Ms. Vijaya Varun, an Executive Committee member of the Ipoh Fine Arts Society, are very proud of her.