22 October 1981 |
Kochi, Kerala, India
|Residence||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Occupation||Actress, indian classical dance performer/teacher|
|Years active||1991,1993, 1996–2001, 2008, 2010|
Divyaa Unni was born to Ponnothumadam Unnikrishnan and Uma on 2 September 1981 at Chilavannoor, Kochi. Malayalam actress Vidhya Unni is her younger sister. She had her primary education form Cherupushpam Secondary school and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. She pursued degree in Functional English from St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam.
She was married to Sudhir Sekharan Menon.
Divyaa has acted in over more that 60 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and has appeared in films like Pranayavarnangal and Bharathan's last movie Churam. She is also classical dancer and film artist recognized throughout South India.
As a child, Divya got her first break in the film Nee Ethra Dhanya when she was a class II student. 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 was Kalyana Sowgandhigam – one she did when she was only fifteen ; studying in the tenth grade. She had the opportunity to work with prominent actors like Mohanlal and Mammootty. She has also worked with prominent directors like Bharathan; I V Sasi; Sibi Malayil and Lohithadas.
Divyaa Unni was crowned, in 1990 and 1991, Kalathilakom in statewide competitions. On India's premier Television Channel Doordarshan, she presented a variety of Indian dance art-forms to national audiences, such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, and folk dances.
She received the Aravindaksha Memorial Award – the Abhinaya Tilaka Puraskaram for the best state dance performance.
In addition to performing throughout India, Divyaa performs on international stages throughout North America, Europe and Persian Gulf countries.
In the pursuit of promoting Indian culture in the West, Divyaa is developing the artistic talents of young children in the US With this goal, she is currently the Director of Sreepadam School of Arts in Houston, Texas, US, with a branch in Kochi, India.
As a trained classical dancer with many performances, she was given the Kalathilakam and Bhavans Jyothi titles and numerous other artistic awards.
|2001||Baanallu Neene Bhuviyallu Neene||Lalitha|
|Palayathu Amman||Akshaya's Mother|
- Iniyonnu Visramikkatte (Doordarshan)
- American Jalakam (Asianet)
- Shankupushpam (Asianet)
- Divya Unni . IMDB.com
- I, Me, Myself – Divya Unni . The Hindu. 18 April 2003
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