Reshmi Chetram, a Toronto-based classical Indian dancer, is being recognized as an emerging artist and choreographer in the dance industry. She is the founder of BollyFuze Corp., an innovative Bollywood dance fitness company that fuses together mainstream techniques with classical, modern and energetic Bollywood dances. BollyFuze is home to the famous Bollywood Fitness Program and host to the “BollyFit TV Series,” which airs in the U.S. & Canada. I got a chance to converse with Reshmi, and through the wire—this is what she had to say.
ZT: Growing up, who were some of your influences?
RC: First and foremost my mother, Deviekha Chetram, was my main influence. Through her passion for the arts, I got my first glimpses into what my future would be—arts, choreography, and a true love for teaching.
Toronto-based Indian classical dancer Reshmi Chetram, epitomizes the grace, poise and beauty of the leading Indian icons like Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai and Canada's own Lisa Ray." - CHANNEL CANADA
ZT: What’s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome as a dancer and how did you overcome it?
RC: My greatest obstacle would be the fear of not doing “enough.” As a dancer, people tend to see you as someone who is simply not doing something substantial in our fast paced society. It is an on going insecurity that I think many fellow artists share. The way to deal with it is to remember that we all have individual paths that were carved for us. If we try to walk in someone else’s path, we’ll hit a dead end and be re-routed over and over again until we are back on our own destined path.
ZT: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
RC: Studying dance in India. While there are other moments in my life that have been overwhelmingly amazing, making that decision to go to India and follow my dream is what started it all. It was not an easy decision, and it was definitely a leap of faith. Conquering fear, following my heart and living the life of dance and art is something that would not have been possible without those years abroad.
Reshmi Chetram, is recognized as an outstanding performer & practitioner of the art of Kathak." - ONE (Mind Body Soul) Network, Canada
ZT: What's the worst advice anyone has ever given you?
RC: The worst advice given to me was, “Dancing is a hobby, get a real job!” Ouch. Let me tell you though, that advice that was given to me in my young teen years helped to propel me to greater heights. It’s all perspective, you can hold everyone’s word as truth, or take it in and give it your own meaning.
ZT: What advice would you give to an aspiring dancer?
RC: Practice. No matter how good you are, how old you are, or how experienced you are, practice. Remember the basics, always stay true to them; yet allow your branches to grow. Another piece of advice is, to honor your teachers, so rarely do you see that strong bond between students and teachers now. You see mostly “opportunities,” and “stepping stones.” Stay humble, and those around you will help you to flourish and grow and reach your true potential.
Precise footwork and hand gestures always mark, Reshmi Chetram's performances." - Times of India Newspaper
ZT: Who’s your favorite Bollywood dancing queen and why?
RC: Madhuri Dixit has always been my favorite. She is a burst of natural energy. Madhuri Dixit embodies, grace, technique, expression and a love for dance that cannot be taught. Madhuri is mesmerizing and every time you see her perform you feel her energy and love for her art.
ZT: Years from now, when people say Reshmi Chetram, what will they say?
RC: They will most probably say, Choreographer/Dance teacher. While I love to host different events, my heart is truly rooted as a dance teacher. When I see students/ performers in front of me—my mind gets unleashed and is so quick to fill an empty canvas with movement and usage of space.
ZT: Thanks for a great interview, and as an honored guest, is there anything else you would like to say?
RC: Thank you for the wonderful interview; I am truly honored to have shared my experiences with you & upcoming personalities. I truly believe in following your dreams, working hard to live the life you were meant to live!
ZT: In conclusion, I want to end this magnificent Q&A session with Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks again for reading another Through The Wire article, and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (PEACE).