Rishi Sunak’s Daughter performs Kuchipudi at London Festival

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s daughter Anoushka performed Kuchipudi along with many children at a dance festival in London.

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"India is where my family, home and culture blend together"

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s daughter Anoushka Sunak performed Kuchipudi along with several other children in London on November 25, 2022.

The nine-year-old dancer’s performance was a part of ‘Rang’- International Kuchipudi Dance Festival 2022, the UK’s biggest festival that welcomes dancers of all ages.

When asked about her love for dancing in an interview, Anoushka said:

“I love Kuchipudi and dancing because when you are dancing all your worries and stresses go away and you are in the moment dancing with all your friends beside you. I love to be on stage.”

Speaking more on her Indian heritage, the budding dancer Anoushka commented:

“India is where my family, home and culture blend together and I love going there every year.”

A video of the dance is circulating on social media.

People have applauded Rishi Sunak’s family for openly adopting Indian culture and tradition despite being the Prime Minister of Britain.

One tweet read: “Despite all his stature he (Sunak) is conscious about his language, tradition, culture and root.

“Thanks and best wishes for him and his family.”

Along with Rishi Sunak’s parents, Anoushka’s mother Akshata Murty and the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy attended the occasion.

Arunima Kumar, a well-known Kuchipudi dancer, organised the dance festival, and 100 artists from all over the world, ranging in age from 4 to 85, attended.

The performance’s creator, Arunima Kumar, said:

“Vision for Rang 2022 has been to showcase artists of different ages and abilities.

“I feel a lot of us get opportunities to perform, but there are children, there are elderly, there are people of special abilities who don’t get that platform.

“So Rang is really celebrating the colours of Kuchipudi and the colours of Indian dance.”

A wheelchair dancer with learning difficulties, elderly modern dance artists, live musicians, and foreign bursary students from Natarang Group, Poland were among the over 100 artists that participated in the event.

The previous chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian descent, defied convention by returning to the smaller flat above 10 Downing Street, which is typically the residence of the Chancellor of Exchequer.

Talking to The Times, Rishi Sunak said:

“We thought it would be nice for him (Chancellor Jeremy Hunt) to have that bit of extra space so I thought that was the right thing to do.”

Rishi Sunak is the 57th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the first person of Indian ancestry to hold that position.

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