Do you know how Gracy Singh squeezes out time to practice Bharatnatyam?

Published: Mar 17, 2020, 11:45 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Gracy Singh makes it point to break into dancing in between her lunch breaks and long takes.

Gracy Singh practising Bharatnatyam
Gracy Singh practising Bharatnatyam

There is an old saying, "Everyone needs a hobby". No matter how busy our lives may be, having a hobby has its pluses. It brings us joy and enriches our lives and gives us something to do during our free time as well as affords us the opportunity to learn something new. It is a well-known fact to many that actor, Gracy Singh is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. But what many don't know is how the actor squeezes out time to practice and pursue her passion for dance.

Gracy Singh is currently busy shooting for her show 'Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein' on &TV. But that does not deter the actor from rehearsing her Bharatnatyam routines on the sets! In fact, she makes it point to break into dancing in between her lunch breaks and long takes. Gracy's passion for acting and dance goes back to her school days. She started taking Bharat Natyam lessons during her vacations while studying at Manav Sthali School. The spark of dancing and performing only grew more as years went by. Becoming an accomplished classical dancer Gracy formed her own dance troupe and now performs worldwide while she juggles between her shoots for Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein.

The actress was recently caught on camera while she ran to her makeup room during the break only to be found practising her Bharatnatyam routine. Talking about it, Gracy shared, "We must always find time to do things that we love and for me, that has always been dance. For me, dance is the closest thing to magic, literally. I find it therapeutic and it calms me when I'm stressed. Whenever I find some time in the midst of the shoot, I quickly find a corner to practice, which I often find easily (smiles)."

Watch Gracy in her divine avatar on Santoshi Maa Sunaye Vrat Kathayein every Mon-Fri at 9:00 PM only on &TV.

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    Gracy Singh was born on July 20, 1980 in Delhi. (All pictures courtesy: Gracy Singh's Instagram account)

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    Gracy Singh is best remembered for her role of Gauri in the 2001 epic sports-drama Lagaan. During her screen test for Lagaan, Gracy was asked to dance to the song "Hothon pe aisi baat", which was originally played by Vyjanthimala in the film Jewel Thief.

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    Gracy Singh has also acted in 'Munnabhai MBBS', 'Armaan', and 'Gangaajal', among other films

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    She started her career touring with the dance group 'The Planets'

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    Gracy Singh is a trained Bharatnatyam and Odissi dancer

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    Very few know that Gracy Singh has been dancing from the age of three. In an interview with mid-day in 2010, Gracy had said, "I dance because I love dancing. I was as young as three when I realised that I liked dancing. Not much has changed since then. Dance keeps me physically as well as mentally fit. I don't have to worry about hitting the gym or enrolling in a yoga class, as long as I know I can dance."

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    Gracy Singh has performed on stage at several dance shows. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and you will find her practising most of the times. In a candid interview with mid-day, Gracy had confessed saying, "Bharatnatyam connects me to God. If there is anything I regard higher than my parents and God, it is Bharatnatyam! It's the only hobby I have nurtured for years and it gives me utmost pleasure to be even talking about it."

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    Gracy further added, "I do a lot of stage shows and hence whenever I have the time, I get engrossed in polishing up my postures. Bharatanatyam gives me a sense of belonging to my culture. The different forms of this dance are so Indian and ethnic that I love performing them. Dance also helps me better my concentration and stamina, which is much needed in my day-to-day life. Being an actor, one needs to have expressions and a lot of flexibility. I thank my dancing for giving me both."

    In picture: Gracy Singh with her mother (centre)

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    After a big start with Lagaan, a follow-up with Munnabhai MBBS and a no-show after that, Gracy Singh went on to do some utterly forgettable films. Anything she did after Lagaan was a huge step-down.

    In picture: Gracy Singh with her brother Rouble and sister Lisa

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    But Gracy Singh has no complaints that the hype surrounding the Oscar-nominated film did no good to her career. "I got more attention and stardom than I wanted at the time. There was too much hype around for me to handle. I have no complaints," she candidly confessed

    In picture: Gracy Singh with her niece Reet

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    Did you know Gracy Singh's first acting role was in the television soap 'Amanat'?

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    Gracy also starred in Rajkumar Hirani's superhit 'Munnabhai MBBS', but was replaced by actress Vidya Balan in the sequel 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'. "I knew that Raju was going to make a series of films. It was my decision to take up more challenging and serious kind of cinema rather than commercial films," Gracy said. She gracefully moved on to a number of issue-based films in order to satisfy her creative side as an actress.

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    The talented Gracy Singh also knows how to play the piano. Surprised?

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    In 2015, Gracy Singh returned to TV, playing Goddess Santoshi in 'Santoshi Maa'.

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    Talking about her acting skills, Gracy Singh, in an interview with mid-day, had said, "As an actor, dance has helped me in a lot of ways. Classical dance involves abhinaya (expression) which have helped me sharpen my acting skills and expression on screen."

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    "I have realised that dancing has made me more focused and disciplined. It has taught me how to look at my life's problems with a different perspective. I can take a lot of things in my stride now," added Gracy.

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    Gracy Singh has also starred in Punjabi films such as 'Lakh Pardesi Hoye'.

    In picture: Hema Malini and Gracy Singh

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    Gracy Singh also tried hands-on Malayalam film. She acted in director Jayaraj's 'Loudspeaker'.

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    Gracy Singh was last seen on the big screen in the 2017 drama film 'Blue Mountains'.

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    Gracy Singh played Vaani Mehra in Blue Mountains, that won Best Feature Film at the 19th International Children's Film Festival.

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    We wish Gracy Singh a very happy birthday. Hoping to see you on-screen soon Gracy!

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