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Nigharika Senthil Kumar performs Bharathanatyam Dance at Chidambaram Natarajar Temple
October 8, 2015, 12:53 pm

It is a rare opportunity to perform at the Cosmic God Lord Natarja’s feet and receive his blessings in Chidambaram temple. Just before her Arangetram, Nickie had the opportunity and gave a splendid performance amongst a big crowd.

She is a Grade 9 student of the Pickering High School, Ajax, Toronto (Ontario), Canada. Born as a millennium girl in 2000 at Trichy, Nickie started her school at the BSK (The British School of Kuwait). At the age of 3, she started Balavihar classes with Smt. Sundari Nagaraj who taught her slogas and Bhavat-Gita. She began learning music from Guru Smt. Jayanthi Siva of Shivranjani Fine Arts, Kuwait at the age of 4 and dance at the young age of 5, from Guru Smt. Rangashree (Artistic Director, Kinkini Kuwait Chapter); It used to be a regular phenomenon to participate in Thyagaraja Aradhana in Kuwait for the vocal singing and dances in Kinkini every year. Used to do stage appearances in Kuwait Tamil Sangam. Her parents are Senthil Kumar (working in EQUATE Petrochemical Company) and Padmavathy Senthil Kumar.

She has a passion for art/paint and learns from Master Kondalraj in her spare time. Nickie was a member of the British School of Kuwait Choir and performed regularly at various functions being an ambassador for the school. She was a voracious reader, learnt the piano at her school and enjoyed playing badminton and tennis. In 2010, did her Salangai Pooja during her Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary in the presence of Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh. 

In 2010, Nickie moved to Canada and changed her bharathanatyam style from Vazhuvur to Kalashetra under Guru Padmini Anand.  It was a continuation of her dance in Canada and determined to have her Bharthanatyam Arangetram before she gets into Grade-10. She joined Girls Guide and got the best guide award in 2013/14. She has started giving performances in Canadian Hindu Temples and for DTA (Durham Tamil Association) in Canada.

During her middle school at Vimy Ridge, Ajax, she was the Vice-President of the student council and became a popular girl of the school. She was so fascinated with music, dance, Indian culture, studies, space, etc., She is learning Tamil in Canada. She loves the Indian costumes especially the half-saree with jasmine flowers. God willing, Nickie wants to do medicine and help the needy in India.

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