Meet Rasika Kumar, who has learnt the fine art of balancing her twin interests in technology and dance. You could say Kumar combines the professional interests of her parents – her father is an engineer and her mother is a dancer. And growing up in Silicon Valley she was surrounded by cutting-edge technology and tech companies.
Kumar studied computer science at MIT and now works as an engineer at Google. Before discovering her love for science and math she discovered her love for dance. She was surrounded by music and dance and learnt to dance at the age of 4 years old since her mother Mythili Kumaris a dancer, choreographer and founder of Abhinaya Dance Company in San Jose. The route to studying computer science was less direct than learning to dance points out Kumar. She is a choreographer, lead dancer and Associate Director at Abhinaya Dance Company.
We sat down with Kumar to find out how she developed an interest in science and math and what was the role of her parents in helping her nuture her interests in science and arts. Did she have challenges learning math? Who helped with her math and science homework? Did she want to be a computer science engineer? How does she balance her interests in technology and dance? Tune in to find out the answers to these questions and more.
Mythili Kumar is the founder, choreographer and artistic director of Silicon Valley-based Abhinaya Dance Co. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the award-winning dance company that is recognized for teaching Indian classical dance & innovative dance dramas. Besides teaching dance, Kumar also teaches classical Indian dance forms at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
We sat down to speak with Kumar about how she got interested in dance and her journey from India to California and the founding of Abhinaya Dance Company. Kumar came to study nutrition science at the University of California, Davis in the late 1970s. She moved to Silicon Valley after her marriage and got involved with teaching dance at her school and at local universities like Stanford, San Jose State University and University of California, Santa Cruz.
LISTEN: MYTHILI KUMAR OF ABHINAYA DANCE COMPANY
Besides Kumar, her daughters Rasika Kumar and Malavika Kumar also teach at Abhinaya Dance Company.
Meet Mythili Kumar, who is the founder and artistic director of Silicon Valley-based Abhinaya Dance Co. She founded the dance company in 1980 and has won many awards for her original and innovative work in dance.
Recently, we sat down to speak with Kumar to find out more about her work as a cultural ambassador and as an educator and dancer. She came to study at the University of California, Davis in the late 1970s. She got married and settled down in the San Francisco Bay area. For over 35 years she has been involved in teaching classical Indian dance forms with an emphasis on Bharatanatyam. Besides her work with Abhinaya Dance Co., Kumar has taught in various Bay area universities and colleges like Stanford, and San Jose State University. She is currently teaching a course on dance at the University of California in Santa Cruz.
This interview aired on various TV channels in the San Francisco Bay area.