#WomenAtWork – A dancer

I am a dancer.

with a degree in business management, I joined the rat race for an year.

I left all that to choose a career in movement art.

Contemporary, Kalari Payattu, Ballet, Bharatnatyam, Chau and Kathak stole my heart.

I am studying and I also perform,

My students learn from me the art-form.

This dancing career happened by chance,

and I am glad it is helping me advance.

Confused when I was in life, I took up auditions,

I never knew this will be a great addition.

Dancing helps the introvert in me share,

this form of expression is like a breath of fresh air.

It began with trusting my voice,

and now it is shaping my career and about owning my choice.

Social stigma still surrounds this profession,

people need to change their perception.

When you take risks, you may fail

but just one win will help you sail.

Go ahead and set yourself free,

Do what you want and happiness you will see.

My name is Pooja Sabarinath and I am a dancer.


Today is edition #15 of #WomenAtWork, a photo feature on this blog. If you are interested in participating, please read the inaugural post and join by adding your post below. I would love to see your take on the tag. 

Sometimes, it is very hard to bucket an artist and I had a tough time thinking about what profession do I associate Pooja with. She is a movement artist and a teacher. She is a dancer and then she also enjoys the contemporary dance form. For the sake of this post and the fact that Pooja earns her scholarship from being a performer, I am taking the liberty to call her a dancer. I met Pooja (virtually) through a friend AJ and over the emails I exchanged with Pooja, I found her to be a simple and vivacious person. 

Pooja – Thank you for inspiring all of us. 

How to link?

  • You can only join with a blog post.
  • It would be great to see a picture of a woman at work and a few words about her. If you cannot share a picture, you can share a picture of her workspace. With a real picture, I would still be able to call this a photo post. 
  • Use the linky to add your post. 
  • Visit others and show some love.

51 Responses

  1. divsi says:

    WOW! I love this series. The poem described her fabulously and I could actually feel like I am meeting her in person 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this pretty woman’s beautiful story 🙂

  2. Ananya says:

    Thank you so much for inspiring us 🙂 great read !

  3. Lovely to know about Pooja! I have always been planning to link up with women at work Parul, but somehow I never am successful, finally did it this time. Thanks a ton!
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  4. Carlie says:

    I am a writer and I sit around in front of a computer too much — I think it would be much healthier to be a dancer. Much more joyful, too, judging by the photos! 😀

  5. Shilpa Gupte says:

    I am in awe of dancers, and Pooja here swept me off my feet! With all the varied dance forms she works on, she seems like a superwoman-cum-superdancer! Loved reading about her, Parul!

  6. Obsessivemom says:

    Dancers intrigue me. They look so graceful and dreamy and artistic. It also speaks of perfection and long hours of hard work. Sadly enough taking it up as a career isn’t looked upon with much enthusiasm. Hopefully things will change one day. And I’m glad you’re doing your bit by writing about them.
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  7. Rachna says:

    Lovely to hear about Pooja. She is an artist and so happy to hear that she is doing what brings her joy. She looks so graceful too.

  8. Lovely meeting you, Pooja. I admire you for following your heart 🙂
    I have learnt Kathak too from Lucknow Bhatkhande University. I used to love dancing still do but I had to give up for pursuing my studies and a career. Maybe that’s why I admire you more 🙂

  9. I cannot dance but I love watching people move as they dance. It truly is an art with so much expressions. Your post is so inspiring for us to do something that we love and are passionate about.

  10. Lux G. says:

    I’m an introvert too so I can relate. My way of expression though is writing. 🙂
    Looks graceful indeed.

  11. Traci York says:

    “It began with trusting my voice…”

    Amazing and powerful statement. Inspiring, Parul – love this feature!
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  12. Vidya Sury says:

    How lovely, Parul! It takes courage to follow one heart and Pooja is an inspiration! Movement artist and teacher sounds so lyrical! Beautiful post! “Owning my choice” “Trusting my choice” are both powerful phrases. Thank you for introducing her! Please do convey my regards to her!
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  13. Ambily Sanoj says:

    Pooja let your life be filled with the rhythm of music and thaala of dance.For sure You are an inspiration to many girls who are passionate about dance. Appreciate that you took a choice that make your life meaningful.All the very best.

  14. Shilpa says:

    Thanks for introducing Pooja to us.. The poem is as beautiful as her .

  15. shalini says:

    Loved the poem Parul – thank you for supporting other women’s career choices via this blogging prompt! I really admire your verve and verse here! You have expressed her passion, art and choices so beautifully!

  16. It’s amazing how many introverts find expression on stage. More power to women like Pooja who follow their hearts.

  17. Thanks for introducing Pooja to us. She looks amzingly beautiful. Your post reminded of my sister as a dancer. Have to write about her.
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  18. Alana says:

    Your dancer reminds me of my sister in law – an introvert and someone who made a living in a field related to journalism, but she also practiced what many in this country call “belly dancing”. Movement, I think, is her first love, but, like you, I find it hard to pigeonhole her.
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  19. Jean says:

    she is a good warrior. congratulations

  20. Suz Vickery says:

    Our niece Minh loves to dance as well as being an intellectual. Isn’t creativity intelligence having fun 🙂 Now if only I had coordination! Enjoyable read!

  21. Choosing what you love as a career is a fortune that comes to few. So glad to see Pooja pursue this the way she did. More power to her and to you for giving her space here.
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  22. MALINY says:

    I love this column of yours, Parul. The women you highlight are an inspiration to many of us out here, who stumble in our paths at times, when it comes to dedicating to our lives to our passion.

  23. Jo says:

    What an inspiring post, thanks for sharing!

  24. Mahithi says:

    So inspiring! Love you Poo!
    You are a dancer, a dreamer and one of the most wonderful human being I know.
    Keep it up 🙂

  25. Sumitha MP says:

    Congratulations pooja on ur wise decision of choosing what you love doing as ur career… Wish you all the best…

  26. Pooja Sabrinath is an inspiration for the courage to dare go against the crowd and following her heart. We need more like her to inspire a generation that not everything is about money but passion.

  27. Meghna says:

    It takes guts to follow what your heart desires but due to family and peer pressure, we decide to follow the rat race which is never ending. But when we see people like Pooja who never complains about her profession, always on her toes to be ready for any challenges , you appear to be a ray of hope to many individuals out there who want to follow what their heart desires…I wish her all the best..let your talent take you places …☺

  28. Anonymous says:

    Awesome poem

  29. Writer from the East says:

    Inspiring women like Pooja are true sheros of our society. Thanks for sharing her story!

  30. Mabel Kwong says:

    Very inspiring words from Pooja. In some cultures like Asian and Indian cultures, a creative career is frowned upon. But good on you Pooja for doing what you love. ” about owning my choice.” Very profound phrase and I agree. If we love something enough and believe in ourselves, we can do it and we can go places with it. It starts with a choice, and with time, dedication and lots of hard work, we will be successful with our passion 🙂

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