This beautiful lady with the infectious smile is a refreshing mix of talent and elegance.
Rajashree Warrier’s accomplishments are so many that it would be correct to tag her as a beauty with brains.
An exponent of classical dance as well as Carnatic music, she is also a well-known television personality having anchored many shows on regional and national television.
Says Rajashree very modestly, “These facets are all a part of my personality, an extension of me.’’ When reminded about her degree in journalism she laughs, “All that I am today is because of the influence of my parents. My childhood memories are of going to all the kacheris, dance programmes, theatre festivals and film festivals in Thiruvanantha-puram because of my parents’ interest in the arts. This early exposure opened a world of artistic opportunities for me.’’
She also credits her journalism and reading skills imbibed by her parents has helped her greatly. Rajashree still has the abiding love for books and her home boasts of a huge collection. Ask which one is her favourite and she says, “Orhan Pamuk.’’
Not many know that Rajashree has a green thumb. She divulges, “I like to be surrounded by greenery as I have a close affinity to the soil as a medium. I make it a point of advocating organic farming but regret that I do not have the required time to pursue it extensively.’’ Also, she confesses of being a big Roger Federer fan and loves Swiss chocolates.
The discussion with Rajashree revolves around her passion for dance and music and she confesses that they are as vital as oxygen.
Rajashree began dancing from the age of six, having learnt under Guru V. Maithili and later Jayanthi Subramaniam. She has since given numerous musical and dance performances in various countries. Music was taught to her by Perambavur G. Ravindranath.
Rajashree thanks the Kerala audience for all the love and support, but laments that being an artiste has not yet been accepted as a profession. She says, “When I say I am an artiste, the next question that follows is, ‘other than that what can you do?’ I cannot understand why people feel that dancers have no brains. The situation is different in Tamil Nadu where a lot of respectability is accorded to artistes.’’
Rajashree is happy that youngsters of today are appreciative of the art forms. She recollects an incident while she was performing the Lankalakshmi in Bengalaru.
"There were even some young fans who had kept track of performances through YouTube and discussed the intricacies of the dance at length. That was very heartening and inspiring," she says.
Rajashree has a daughter, Lavanya. She also runs a dance school, Netra in Thiruvananthapuram where regular workshops by eminent personalities in dance and music are held. She stresses that only serious students are admitted into the school and that many of her students are already established professionals.