The Proust Questionnaire • Sreelaksmy Govardhanan

Sreelaksmy Govardhanan  
An Indian classical dancer and choreographer specialising in Kuchipudi dance. Sreelaksmy is from Thrissur, Kerala in South India. As a dancer she is widely known for her grace, exquisite footwork and abhinaya. •••
Photo by: Santu Brahma
Sreelaksmy Govardhanan
The Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Happiness, for me, is sharing. Be it knowledge, friendship, life; everything becomes profound and whole when it’s shared...

What is your greatest fear?
To lose my memory.

Which living person do you most admire?
My Guru, Pasumarthy Rattaiah Sarmagaru and Koodiyattam exponent, Guru Venu G.

What is your greatest extravagance?Great food, cinema, to sleep and of course Saree shopping!

What is your favourite journey?
Of all the journeys I have taken, I have loved all those that took me to the sea, the woods and to different living cultures. I remember the quick travels I made only to sit on the banks of Kaveri in Ranganathittu, Mysore to watch different species of migratory birds. I realise how nature calms me and how I feel one with myself.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My Mother.

When and where were you happiest?
I was born in UAE. My earliest memory was when my parents took me to the sea every evening. I could say I was the happiest as a child and I can still sense that happiness in my nerves.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Oh! So many! To be a musician, to sketch, to write poetry – the list is endless...

What is your current state of mind?
An eternal lover! If that is a state of mind per say...

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would you choose?
I would not want to be born again, and if it is a must, I am so used to myself; I would rather be Me only.

Where would you like to live?
I want the sound of the wind and the river to envelop my mud house on a mountain top. So a House or Gurukulam in the woods...

What is the quality you most admire in a man?
I respect a man who honours his word. I also admire his Sincerity and Empathy.

What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
To be truly free spirited.

What do you most value in your friends?
Everything about them.

Who are your favorite writers?
Vaikom Muhammed Basheer forever and forever! For me, he is irreplaceable and his writings are philosophy of life for me.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Popeye, the Sailor Man. Childhood hero !

Who are your heroes in real life?
Every woman. For the endless hours of life they pour into this world, which is hardly noticed or appreciated.

How would you like to die?
I have dreamt my death many times... 

Most recurring is me climbing a snow-clad mountain and disappearing into the horizon. The other one is quite tragic yet beautiful. I see my corpse lying on the roadside on a bed of early yellow blooms. 
I feel I will have a peaceful pass to the other realm. 

What is your motto?
Share. You will only gain more.

Sathir Dance Art Trust
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