Bal Puraskar awardee Remona at Radio Sarang

“Bharatanatyam is my breath and I want to pursue my PhD studies in this art,” said Remona Evette Pereira, the 'Rashtriy Bal Puraskar Awardee’ of 2022. She was speaking during Thaallo Umaallo live programme on January 31.

Ms Pereira was one of the 21 selected for the award. She is studying in Paduva PU College in first year PUC.

When Remona’s mom was eight months pregnant, Remona’s father died. There after Remona’s mom took total responsibility of her two children. She sacrificed a lot and gave good education to children, said Remona. She started her dance journey at the age of three.

On January 24 on the occasion of National Girl Child Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a virtual conversation with Remona and presented her the award.

“It was greatest moment for me. “The honourable PM was impressed of my art of dancing over glass pieces and fire. He also thanked my mother for shouldering the huge responsibility in the absence of my dad,” Remona said.

She further added: "Hard work always has a fruit; it'll never let you down. Patiently one must wait and struggle hard. An award must not make someone arrogant. It must make us humble and help us achieve more."

She also said that she wants to study in Varanasi in the future and wants to contribute to the great art and culture of this country. 

Many callers called and greeted Remona.