Divyaa Unni

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Divyaa Unni is an Indian film actress and classical dancer who teaches various forms of dance such as Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom. She is also an actress who has appeared in over 50 films predominantly in Mollywood film industry and other languages also.

Divyaa Unni
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OccupationActress, Indian classical dance performer and teacher
Years active1987-present
Relatives

Early lifeEdit

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 & 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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Director Language Notes
2019 Aakasha Ganga 2 Maya/Daisy Vinayan Malayalam Photo archive
2019 Thanka Bhasma Kuriyitta Thamburatti Herself Vinayan Malayalam Photo archive
2013 Musafir Herself Pramod Pappan Malayalam Guest appearance
2010 Upadeshiyude Makan Irin Joshy Mathew Malayalam
2008 Magic Lamp Viji Haridas Malayalam
2006 Illalu Priyuralu Divya Bhanu Shankar Telugu
2001 Vedham Anitha Sanjay Arjun Sarja Tamil
Aandan Adimai Gayathri Manivannan Tamil
Oru Apoorva Pranayakatha Meenakshi Noufal Malayalam
Nakshathragal Parayathirunnathu Shivaranjini C.S.Sudheesh Malayalam
Jameendar Haridas Malayalam
Baanallu Neene Bhuviyallu Neene Lalitha/Anita S.Narayan Kannada
2000 Palayathu Amman Savithri Rama Tamil
Sabhash Shanthi K.Subash Tamil
Kannan Varuvaan Parvathi Sundar C Tamil
Mark Antony Nimmi T.S. Suresh Babu Malayalam
1999 Niram Herself Kamal Malayalam Guest appearance
Aakasha Ganga Maya/Daisy Vinayan Malayalam
Aayiram Meni Mallika I. V. Sasi Malayalam
Usthad Padmaja/Pappa Sibi Malayil Malayalam
Friends Uma Siddique Malayalam
1998 Sooryaputhran Maya Thulasidas Malayalam
The Truth Nimmi Shaji Kailas Malayalam
Ayushman Bhava Sumangala Suresh Vinu Malayalam
Oru Maravathoor Kanavu Annie Lal Jose Malayalam
Pranayavarnangal Maya Sibi Malayil Malayalam
1997 Varnapakittu Nancy I. V. Sasi Malayalam
Churam Maya Bharathan Malayalam
Katha Nayagan Gopika Rajasenan Malayalam
Karunyam Indu Lohithadas Malayalam
Nee Varuvolam Revathi Sibi Malayil Malayalam
Shibiram Minikutty T.S. Suresh Babu Malayalam
1996 Kalyana Sowgandhikam Athira Vinayan Malayalam Debut as Lead actress
1993 Sowbhagyam Indhu's Sister Sandhya Mohan Malayalam Child artist
1993 O' Faby Child artist K.Sreekuttan Malayalam
1991 Pookkalam Varavayi School girl Kamal Malayalam
1987 Neeyethra Dhanya Young Shyamala Jesey Malayalam

TelevisionEdit

Serials
  • Iniyonnu Vishramikkate (DD Malayalam)
  • Shankupushpam (Asianet)
TV shows as Host
  • American Jalakam (Asianet)
  • America Today (Kairali TV)

Dance videoEdit

  • Kaathidam Keralathe (2020)

ReferencesEdit

  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 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "List of teachers who were awarded National Award on Teachers Day 2014 | Curriculum Magazine". www.curriculum-magazine.com. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Reinventing the Panchakanya Women Through Bharatanatyam". Brown Girl Magazine. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  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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