Actress-fashion entrepreneur Pernia Qureshi, who made her Bollywood debut with Muzaffar Ali’s Jaanisaar released last year, is also a trained classical dancer.
The style icon will now be seen promoting India’s classical dance forms – Kathak and Kuchipudi through her dance recitals that she will be conducting in India and abroad including Delhi, Mumbai and abroad.
Her dance recitals, ‘Chandi Raatein – Love and Dance under the Moonlight with Pernia Qureshi’ held in Delhi on 12th February with a live orchestra with musicians and singers and the whole recital was about 50 minutes to an hour. Pernia has been a disciple of Kathak guru Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy and has also trained with Kumudini Lakhia, who choreographed her dance steps in Jaanisaar.
Pernia says, “I want to thank my guru Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy for their invaluable wisdom, affection and experience. I am honoured to be their disciple and daughter. I would also like to thank Guru Kumudini Lakhia for inspiring me as an artist and collaborating with me. I am humbled to learn and perform under the discipleship of these legends”
The trained classical dancer feels the genre should be encouraged by filmmakers in cinema. Pernia says, “Classical dance should be promoted in Indian films.”