Divyaa Unni

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Divyaa Unni
BornOctober 22, 1981 (36 years)
ResidenceHouston, TX, United States
OccupationActress, Indian classical dance performer and teacher
Years active1987-present
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)

Divyaa Unni is a renowned classical dancer and teacher, who teaches various forms of dance like Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom. She is also an cine actress and has appeared in more that 50 Indian Movies made in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages.

Early life and family[edit]

Divyaa Unni was born to Ponnethmadhatil Unnikrishnan and Kizhkemadhatil Uma Devi at Kochi, Kerala, India. Her mother Uma Devi, is a Sanskrit teacher and is the Head of Sanskrit Department; at Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Girinagar. She was awarded the National Award for Teachers (India),[1][2] in the year 2013 by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. She has a sister, Vidhya Unni, who has worked as a lead in couple of Malayalam movies. Divyaa completed her schooling in Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Girinagar. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communicative English from St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam. Divyaa is related (cousin) to Malayalam actress Meera Nandan and Remya Nambeesan.

Film career[edit]

Divyaa has acted as a lead in over 50 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and has appeared in films like Pranayavarnangal and Bharathan's last movie Churam.

As a child, Divyaa got her first break in the film Nee Ethra Dhanya when she was a student in second grade. It was followed by Pookalam Varavayi directed by Kamal and Oh Faby by Srikuttan. She also did a TV serial Iniyonnu Vishramikkatte directed by Vinayan.

Divyaa's first feature film as a lead actress was Kalyana Sowgandhigam  with actors like Dileep and Kalabhavan Mani in the lead roles - one she did when she was fourteen; studying in the tenth grade. Subsequently, she worked with the actors Mohanlal, Mammootty, Suresh Gopi and Jayaram and directors Bharathan; I V Sasi; Sibi Malayil and Lohithadas.

Dance career[edit]

Divyaa started her Bharatanatyam dance training at the age of three,[3] thereafter she was trained in Kuchipudi, and Mohiniyattam. Subsequently, Divyaa Unni was crowned, in 1990 and 1991, ''Kalathilakom'' in Kerala School Kalolsavam statewide competitions. On India's premier Television Channel Doordarshan, she has presented a variety of Indian dance art-forms to such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, and Indian folk dance. She continues to perform at various Indian dance festivals[4][5][6][7] in India[8] and international stages throughout North America, Europe and Persian Gulf countries.

She has received many awards including the Aravindaksha Memorial Award – the Abhinaya Tilaka Puraskaram for the best state dance performance.

In the pursuit of promoting Indian culture in the West, Divyaa is developing the artistic talents of young children in the United States, where she currently resides. With this goal, she is currently the Director of Sreepadam School of Arts in Houston, Texas, United States.

Filmography[edit]

Telugu films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Illalu Priyuralu Divya

Kannada films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Baanallu Neene Bhuviyallu Neene Lalitha/Anita

Tamil films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sabhash Shanthi
Kannan Varuvaan Parvathi
Palayathu Amman Savithri
2001 Vedham Anitha Sanjay
Aandan Adimai Gayathri

Malayalam films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Cast
2013 Musafir Herself Pramod Pappan Rahman, Mamta Mohandas
2010 Upadesiyude Makan Irin Joshy Mathew K. B. Ganesh Kumar
2008 Magic Lamp Viji Haridas Jayaram, Meena, Rasika
2000 Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu Shivaranjini C.S. Sudeesh Mukesh, Lal, Innocent, Harisree Asokan
2000 Mark Antony Nimmi T.S. Suresh Babu Suresh Gopi, Mala Aravindan, Indrans, KPAC Lalitha
1999 Niram Herself Kamal Kunchacko Boban, Shalini
1999 Aakasha Ganga Maya/Daisy Vinayan Mukesh, Jagadish, Sukumari, Jagathy
1999 Aayiram Meni Mallika I. V. Sasi Manoj K Jayan, Jagadish, Urvashi, Lalu Alex
1999 Usthad Padmaja Sibi Malayil Mohanlal, Vineeth, Saikumar, Indraja
1999 Friends Uma Siddique Jayaram, Meena, Mukesh, Sreenivasan
1998 Sooryaputhran Maya Thulasidas Jayaram
1998 The Truth Nimmi Shaji Kailas Mammootty, Murali, Vani Viswanath, Cochin Haneefa
1998 Ayushman Bhava Sumangala Suresh Vinu Jayaram
1998 Oru Maravathoor Kanavu Annie Lal Jose Mammootty, Biju Menon, Mohini, Sreenivasan
1998 Pranayavarnangal Maya Sibi Malayil Suresh Gopi, Manju Warrier, Biju Menon
1997 Varnapakittu Nancy I. V. Sasi Mohanlal, Meena, Dileep, Jagadish
1997 Churam Maya Bharathan Manoj K Jayan, Nedumudi Venu, Philomina, KPAC Lalitha
1997 Katha Nayagan Gopika Rajasenan Jayaram, Kalamandalam Kesavan, Janardhanan, Kalabhavan Mani
1997 Karunyam Indu Lohithadas Jayaram, Murali, Nedumudi Venu, Kalabhavan Mani
1997 Nee Varuvolam Revathi Sibi Malayil Dileep, Jagathy, Thilakan
1997 Shibiram Minikutty T.S. Suresh Babu Manoj K Jayan
1996 Kalyana Sowgandhikam Athira Vinayan Dileep, Jagadish, Chippy, Captain Raju, Kalabhavan Mani
1993 Sowbhagyam Indhu's Sister Sandhya Mohan Jagadeesh, Sunitha, Jagathy, Rajan P Dev, Suchithra
1993 O' Faby Child artist K.Sreekuttan
1991 Pookkalam Varavayi School girl Kamal Jayaram, Baby Shamili, Sunitha, Jagathy, Murali, Geetha
1987 Neeyethra Dhanya Child artist Jesey
1983 Ente Mamattukkuttiyammakku Vinod's daughter Fazil

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National award for Sanskrit teacher Ms. Umadevi K. Ms. Umadevi K. Sanskrit teacher bagged the national Award for Best Teacher 2013 instituted by MHRD, New Delhi. She was invited to attend the award ceremony at New Delhi on Teachers Day". www.bhavans.info/news/show_other_news.asp?nid=774&kid=32. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  2. ^ "List of teachers who were awarded National Award on Teachers Day 2014 | Curriculum Magazine". www.curriculum-magazine.com. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  3. ^ "Reinventing the Panchakanya Women Through Bharatanatyam". Brown Girl Magazine. 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  4. ^ M, Athira (9 November 2017). "Artistic endeavours" – via www.thehindu.com.
  5. ^ "A lifelong passion for dance". 9 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Divya Unni back on stage with mesmerizing dance steps - Video".
  7. ^ Nampoothiri, Hareesh N. (16 November 2017). "Review: Young dancers take the stage at Soorya's 'Parampara' festival" – via www.thehindu.com.
  8. ^ "Review - The flavors of a festival - Padma Jayaraj". www.narthaki.com.

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