The Heroine’s Journey of Neha Muthiyan

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I work as a performer in Indian classical dance (kathak), founder-director of a dance school called Kathak Pathshala and as an editor-publisher of a dance e-magazine titled Loud Applause (

The best thing about my work is that I can set my own rules, my own schedules and juggle between them at my own pace. I can take the creative liberty while choreographing, dig deep through books while researching for an article, explore the tech world while designing the magazine and most important of all, meet new people and exchange thoughts and gain knowledge.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

‘A pat on the back’ or ‘a word of appreciation’ for your hard work by that one person who you look up to.

What is my greatest fear?

To be out of ideas or work

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Taking things lightly.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

Firstly, my guru (teacher),Shambhavi Dandekar, for she is the person who can multitask, think clearly and passionately at the same time, guide her students to perfection without spoon feeding and be the ‘go-to’ person for a lifetime. Secondly, Mr.Ashish Khokar, a dance critique,scholar,historian and editor of ‘Attendance’ dance magazine. He is the most helpful person I have met and always ready to share his knowledge without any barriers. Lastly, I admire those dancers who try to expand their boundaries rather than break them.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Well, have not had one till now, but would surely want to travel and get the experience of the dance culture of different countries.

On what occasion would I lie?

When I am sure that it would bring a smile or a ray of hope and not hurt anyone.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Not having monetary satisfaction. Dancers are underpaid of what they are actually worth of. It sometimes becomes difficult to get a team of musicians for live performance due to payment issues. The issue that hurts me the most is when organizers demand money from dancers to perform and some dancers unfortunately fall prey to these practices and end up paying and performing.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I was happiest when I was at the learning stage of my career under my guru. It was the most enriching time of my life where I just needed to follow what my guru says and the answers were automatically found! I believe that everyone is a student all his life but those experiences from the early learning years are the ones which we cherish for a long time.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Have a more professional outlook while marketing and promoting myself as a dancer or the magazine or my students.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

I take baby steps, set short term goals and work towards them. The greatest achievement, I think, till date is being able to do it!

Where would I most like to live?

Where there are people for whom I care and vice-versa…

What is my most treasured possession?

My dance related notes from various workshops, earlier printed copies of Loud Applause (now it is an e-magazine)

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

My mom’s house

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

A great south Indian food joint called Vaishali and a very trendy and happening place called ADDA.

What books influenced my life and how?

Bits and pieces from every book that I have read till now have influenced my life. Some characters, the writing style, sometimes the plot and in the end the overall impact it has on my mind. I do try to apply certain things.

Who are my favorite writers?

Sudha Murty, Ranjeet Desai, Devdutt Pattanaik

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

My all time favourite hindi song…Ajeeb Dastan Hai yein….

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My parents and my brother

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

All Charlie Chaplin films

What role plays art in my life and work?

I started to learn classical dance at the age of 8yrs and have not thought of any other profession till date. Whatever I do, has been and will be related to dance. It has shaped me, my thinking and I have a lot to explore yet.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Yet to revel himself/herself!

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

I would like to work with people who share the same passion and dedication towards dance.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?

Guru.Kumudini Lakhia, Jonathan Hollander

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

A dance drama written and choreographed by me on an acid attack survivor.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

Hopefully around the globe!

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

These words are a sign that you are alive.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Individuals who are self motivated, working hard with dedication and honesty.

How can you contact me?


LoudApplauseMagazine (@ReadDanceDoGood)

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