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When it comes to money, ignorance is not bliss, says Anita Ratnam

Outlook Money brings you the views on money matters from some of India's most influential people

By OLM Desk

From achievers to leaders to the glamourous, in this web series, Outlook Money brings you the views on money matters from some of India’s most influential. Several of the New Year’s resolutions made this year may have been already broken. But who says you need to wait for planetary revolution to make new decisions that can make tomorrow slightly better than today? Inspiration can come from anyone at anytime. These individuals, each a leader in their respective field, talks about their life, both financial and personal, and lets us know what it takes to make it big in this beautifully scary world. We hope their wisdom empowers you to know how to better secure your financial future.

 

The Rhythm of Money

She’s a renowned dancer, a classical performer, a choreographer and a culture warrior. Apart from being classically trained in Bharatanatyam, she has also received formal training in Kathakali, Mohiniattam, T’ai chi and Kalaripayattu, and has created a unique style of dance, “Neo Bharatanatyam”, a term she coined herself. The ultra-talented Anita Rathnam recalls herself as being a natural showoff who enjoyed performing for their house guests from the time she was a little three-years-old girl.

“My mother introduced me to dance to curb my irrepressible energy and to keep me from getting into mischief. I was a tomboy, getting hurt playing sports and all sorts of boyish activities. Dance helped me also cure chronic asthma along with yoga side by side. Today I think of myself as a dancer-performer-communicator. Even as I slow down and don’t perform as often, I will always think of myself as a performer until my last breath,” she says.

When it comes to the topic of how to handle money, she gives advice like a pro. “Start putting aside small amounts every week. Even Rs 500 is good. Start a small savings account. Make a weekly plan-Food, personal expenses, transportation, groceries, and entertainment. Keeping track is always helpful. Even the small cups of tea and coffee,” she says.

For Anita Rathnam, an incident that has left a lasting impact on her life was her father’s death. He passed away when she was away rehearsing for a major show in the USA. She was not able to come home for his cremation. “With the time difference and flight times, I knew that I could not return in time for the cremation. My mother calmly told me on the phone, ‘Your father would have wanted you to honour your commitment. You can always mourn for him by doing your best’,” she says. As fate would have it, even when her mother passed away, she was performing in Hyderabad knowing that her mother would have wanted her to continue despite her personal hiccups.

To this day her most valued processions are the belongings of her late parents. Her father’s ties and her mother’s heirloom saris and antique jewelry are what she considers the most priceless in this world. 

 

 

olmdesk@outlookindia.com

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