Balancing technology artfully
Persons pursuing a career in the analytical fields should devote serious time towards an art form they are passionate about. Such infusion of creativity re-energises the drained-out brains, feels Jaychandran Padayasi who enjoys researching in Physics as much as putting his best foot forward in Bharatnatyam.
07th July 2018, 08:10 Hrs
He has diverse skills and aptitudes. A Physics undergrad, dancer and a skateboarder this youth is captivated by the universe! Everything in the world from science to spirituality interests this curious sophomore Physics student from BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus who grabs every opportunity to exhibit his skills not only in Indian classical dance form Bharatnatyam but also in contemporary, jazz and freestyle. Known as a curious, talkative person among his friends Jaychandran Padayasi engages himself in learning new skills and indulge in intellectually stimulating conversations on philosophy and science.
Recalling his recent dance performance in April this year at the BITS auditorium in the show ‘Dance Night 2018’ Jaychandran shares, “I choreographed a five minute classical medley group performance here on April 17. In this 40-minute- show consisting of various sub-sequences and dance styles, I was part of the classical team. We choreographed and performed a selection of three songs, by indie classical bands like Agam. The total participants in the group were 11 and 40 plus in the entire dance night.”
Some of his memorable performances were in Quark (technical festival) inauguration in 2016 and Waves (cultural festival) inauguration in 2014. Apart from these, he has been participating in Dance Night hosted by BITS Pilani Goa Campus every year in April. “Dance Night is an annual show hosted by Dance Club BITS Goa, for students and faculties of BITS. It is usually 40-70 minutes in length and encompasses a variety of dance styles, our original productions (storylines) and fun elements for the audience,” states Jaychandran who is proponent for the modernisation of the themes in which Bharatanatyam is presented.
Inspired by his teachers at the department of Physics, BITS-Goa, Jaychandran realised something profound while sitting in one of those physics lectures - “I realised that my life’s calling is to question and seek to discover nature, and to pass on the spirit of questioning by means of research and teaching.” Jaychandran is keen in research associateship or a PhD degree in Physics once he graduates, a year from now.
“I want to contribute my wee bit to shrinking humanity’s circle of ignorance,” points out this recipient of Mitacs Globalink Research Internship 2018 sponsored by the government of Canada. Happy with the support that he has received through this fellowship, Jaychandran does not shy to mention that he comes from a lower middle class background, and his father owns a small scale mechanical industry in the industrial area of Surat.
“I have been supported by scholarships from BITS throughout my stay in Goa, for which I am deeply grateful. Such scholarships are important to students interested in pursuing research as a career. Mitacs Globalink has a unique advantage, which is that if I choose to pursue my graduate studies from a Canadian institute, I am entitled to a one-time grant of 15000 Canadian dollars.” Globalink Research interns are held in great regard in the eyes of the Canadian academia.
Jaychandran has a lifelong passion for dancing in addition to Physics. “Dance energises me, connects me to my inner rhythm and brings about a certain discipline to my life. I am a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and have picked up a few other dance styles during my tenure as a member of the Dance Club at BITS-Goa,” shares Jaychandran who hails from a Tamilian family residing in Gujarat.
Jaychandran feels blessed to be able to pursue both, research in Physics as a profession and dance as a passion. Thankful that his mother enrolled him for Bharatnatyam class when he was just six, he shares, “This was probably an act of nostalgia for her, and a desire to educate me about Tamil culture and heritage. Over the years, dance has become an inseparable part of my life; I have come to love dancing and especially classical for it gives me an amazing platform to express myself on stage.”
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