Artist of UNSEEN 2.0 - Pooja Radhakrishnan | Dancer
UNSEEN 2.0 is an unconventional form of exhibition which is a digital art exhibition curated by Platform For Artists . This enables artists across the country to participate, showcase their work and connect with like minded people. The entire idea is to broaden the scope of exposure which the artists would probably not get at an offline event. We have sixty diverse artists from across the country who are a part of this one of it's kind art exhibition.
Here is a set of questions team Platform For Artists asked Pooja about her everyday routine, her art interests and more.
Tell us about yourself.
Holaaa, I’m Pooja Radhakrishnan. I am a professional dancer and I have recently completed my degree at De Montfort University with a First Class BA (Joint) Honours in Dance and Arts and Festivals Management. I was born in Mumbai, brought up for half my life in America and now I am pursuing my career in the U.K.
My love for dance began at a very young age when my mom saw me dancing to a tune in the grocery shop and put me in a dance class; I’ve never looked back since that day. My dance choreography revolves around merging the aesthetics and technique of Urban, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Bharatanatyam to create a range of movement that best expresses my journey and emotions. My interests also lie in curating, hosting and running arts events to expand the opportunities for artists to share their work.
I also love travelling as it inspires me to learn about new cultures which in turn has a positive impact on new work that I create.
What are your art interests?
As you can tell my passion lies in dance. I believe dance embodies a platform for expression through movement when one cannot express their story in words. I am very meticulous when it comes to creating dance and I enjoy showcasing my work on film which I share on my YouTube channel and Instagram. Other than dance I love writing, photography and travel. I plan on integrating these interests of mine to create a blog of my own very soon! Stay tuned.
What are your views about the current scenario of art in our country?
I can definitely say the art scenario in India is growing massively, especially the dance industry. When I left India 3 years ago to pursue dance in UK, the dance scene in India was slowly growing but had not yet caught on. There are many more artists I see nowadays who really put in the extra attention to detail when it comes to technique training and educating themselves in the field properly, before jumping straight into teaching others. I think this is very important, as there are hundreds of individuals who look up to you when you are training them. Teaching the right ethics to be followed in a dance class or any arts class for that matter could go a long way; as simple as not distracting other dancers in a rehearsal or audition.
What are you working on currently?
I have recently graduated and with a lot of free time in my hands I am aiming to create a lot of concept-based dance films, similar to ‘Take Me Home’ which is on my YouTube channel.
I am currently working on my travel and dance blog which will be up and running very soon.
Meanwhile, I am also prepping for a short work opportunity with the Aakash Odedra Dance Company in England where I will be filming Aakash’s choreographic process at his rehearsals.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My first source of inspiration is definitely my parents. Every time I feel like giving up, I think about the 5 hours wait outside my dance class, that my parents used to do on a daily basis for nearly 6 years because, my classes were far from my house. Their support gives me the motivation to continue my passion.
Artistically, I get a lot of my inspiration from Akram Khan, and Keone and Mari Madrid whose creative range and choreography style is very similar to mine.
Which kind of artists would you be interested to collaborate with?
I love collaborating with cinematographers and photographers who can capture the real essence of a dancer and their choreography on film. I also enjoy working with musicians and spoken word artists to create unfamiliar sounds to choreograph to.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
Check my Instagram (Hashtag guilty). Welllll, after that, I need my food in the morning just like some people need their coffee, haha! I also check my emails because I’m way too paranoid about missing out on important stuff and then my day starts off.
Which is the most used app in your phone?
Instagram. I’m guessing you figured that out by now. There is so much innovative work that is being shared by artists now on Instagram. It has become a source of inspiration for creativity and a platform for artists to network and get an audience.
Which is the one song you can't get out of your head?
‘For Your Time’ and ‘Cold Mess’ by Prateek Kuhad. I saw him live about 2 months ago and cried bitterly after the concert, of course, because I was so happy.
Also, ‘What to Do’ by Ye Ali.
You de-stress by?
There are times I get super worked up about situations or work and I’ve realised that meditating even for 5 mins really helps me to evaluate the situation and calm down.
Listening to music is another stress buster for me. It gets me grooving in my room and takes my mind off of the issue, after which I tend to think more smoothly.
Going to the dance studio and simply rolling around on the floor, with good music helps too!
You can check more of her artwork on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/platformforartists/
To connect with Pooja ,connect with her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pooxxrad/