My first celebrity interview for my blog, curtain raiser. I met Uma Rele(aunty for me), one sunny afternoon. I had my son with me and she was gracious enough to not mind him being around. As soon as I settled my boy with his story books.
I clapped the interview on...
Introduction - UMA RELE
College principal at Nalanda Nirtyakala Mahavidyala.
Also works at Member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO
Uma Nanavati was born in an Gujarati family. Her forefathers are from the Nagar community which is believed to be one of the oldest of the Brahmin groups. With the orthodox family teachings born along five siblings. A family full of doctors and army officials. Uma had her heart set into the Indian classic dance. Which for her mother was not the ideal idea. Her mother was adamant at a college degree. However it was Uma's father who was more free at will and was willing to give Uma a chance to her own dreams.
At the age of sixteen Uma took her first steps toward her dream. A small dance center near her house where she started to train under teacher Hansa Sangvi.
Not wanting to let her mother down Uma continued her college education and completed her B.A in Economics and Political Science. Known as the voice of Geeta Dutt in her college(Mithibai College). It was hard for her father to let Uma t
ake her focus away from the singing when she decided to join Nalanda university.
A choice was given to either give an entrance exam or start afresh. Uma choose to start afresh and it was a great opportunity to not only learn more of the details. She also learned the lessons of dedication and establishing focus in her dance routine. The discipline tamed down the bubbly natured girl into a graceful dancer.
Her focus didn't dime when Rahul followed her. He wanted to pour his feelings towards this growing talented girl that he was falling head over heals for...
Uma kept away for the fact that he was Kanak Rele's son. She wanted to keep her focus and teaching in the place where her teacher(guru) had thought her too. However in time Rahul's kind behavior and respectful nature was a turn on. It was his persistence that led Uma to join her path with him.
Uma doesn't stop gushing about the admiration she has towards her husband and who has stood by her through thick and thin.
They were soon expecting their first child.
Being in her first trimester Uma was in the midst of her Masters Part 1. Taking turns between the practices and puking she completed her Masters with the support of her Mother-in-law.
Uma was not only supported by her husband but it was even Dr. Kanak Rele who was the pillar behind her. Uma firmly believes and doesn't fail to express her respect and love towards her mother-in-law who she says she is more like her own mother now. Uma's affection towards her mother-in-law only adds more of my respect to the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Award winner Dr. Kanak Rele.
"People who achieve big things in life,
Will always want you to do so"
To add on to their happiness, their first born was a girl. Unlike those times or even now when people are all about having a boy. Uma and Rahul were ecstatic over having a girl child. Vaidehi, who is now a classic dancer herself. After completely her family with her second born Uma completed her P.H.D in Indian Classic Dance.
Uma doesn't regret the years she went slow from dancing in fact she says those were the years she invested in motherhood. Every step and move has it's own importance in life. Her joys are simple and now they are her two children who want her step up her game. Uma adds that her special son and fiancé of daughter Vaidehi who has helped her get back in shape.
After losing 30kgs Uma is feeling fitter and she owes all the credit to special son Mehul Lal(Sports Nutritionist).
Uma now is dancing back her way with finesse and she hopes to continue for a very long time.