Gowry Lekshmi (singer-composer) and Ganesh Venkataramani (drummer)
Gowry Lekshmi: 5 years in the past, he had come to observe my present in Chennai. He took a selfie with me saying he was my fan. We turned good buddies as soon as he started taking part in the drums for me. After a few reveals, we began courting and all the pieces occurred at lightening velocity. I don’t know who made the primary transfer, however each had been desirous to be collectively. There was some resistance from his household as a result of he’s a Tamil Brahmin they usually had apprehensions about having a daughter-in-law from one other State and tradition. However all the pieces obtained sorted out in per week and we had been married in 2017. Having an artiste as my associate makes work really easy. It is likely one of the finest issues that has occurred to me. Work turns into really easy. And there have been no ego clashes until date. The attractive factor about our relationship is transparency. There aren’t any secrets and techniques. If there is a matter, we speak, argue, combat, and that anger or disappointment will likely be vented that means.
SP Sreekumar and Sneha Sreekumar (Actors)
Sreekumar: 9 years in the past, we met on the units of Marimayam [sitcom on Mazhavil Manorama], which was like a household. All of us labored in a film as nicely, Vallatha Pahayan. Later, Sneha and I labored for the primary time in a play, Taj Mahal , because the protagonists. Once we each realised that we had been appropriate, we determined to be collectively. Our households had been placing stress on us to tie the knot and we complied. In any other case, we might nonetheless be transferring round like free birds. Performing is each a ardour and occupation for us. It’s simple to grasp the character of one another’s work, which makes our bonding sturdy. Daily, we’re attending to know one another higher. In the meantime, we are going to quickly be appearing collectively in a brand new play written by Jayaprakash Kuloor.
Aswathy and Srikanth (classical dancers)
Srikanth: I met Aswathy in 1999 as a pupil of dance. I had come to Kozhikode to conduct a workshop on an invite from Kalamandalam Saraswathy, my mother-in-law now, and Aswathy got here to obtain me on the railway station carrying a plain inexperienced silk salwar set with a yellow dupatta.
From 2001, we began performing quite a bit as guru and shishya. Additionally, Aswathy began accompanying me in nattuvangam for my solo live shows. Musicians from each Kerala and Chennai who accompanied us would say that we make an excellent pair on stage. As soon as, my vocalist insisted that I suggest to her and check out my luck. It so occurred that she was additionally pestered by her faculty mates who had seen me in 1996 after I accompanied my guru on a SPIC MACAY tour to Windfall School, Kozhikode. Aswathy proposed to me and it was a aware resolution. Cupid had a little or no position to play. We share concepts, assist one another in choreography and perceive the energy and weaknesses of one another nicely. It’s magical to see the 2 energies (female and male) concurrently on stage.
I can’t actually name it a drawback, however more often than not we find yourself speaking about dance or dance-related topics.
Sreekanth Nair (mild designer) and Monisa Nayak (Odissi dancer)
Sreekanth: I met her at a dance programme within the capital metropolis 15 years in the past. I couldn’t assist taking discover of this stunning woman. When she got here down once more, we renewed the acquaintance. Later after I went to Delhi to work on the Nationwide Faculty of Drama, I realised that her Kathak courses had been additionally on the identical campus. So I made it some extent to take that route usually. It was throughout a visit to West Asia, organised by a tv channel, that we turned shut buddies. A few of our buddies inspired the budding romance. After this journey, I moved to Delhi the place I labored and would meet her usually.
We each had been in two minds about getting married. After I felt that we appreciated one another as artistes and people, I prompt marriage. She had just a few circumstances although — she wouldn’t depart dance, Delhi will likely be her base and since she strikes round with males as a part of her occupation, I shouldn’t object to it. I used to be okay with all the pieces. In 2007 we obtained married, with blessings from our households. It was she who inspired me to give attention to my firm within the metropolis, Cameo. We’ve labored out an association as nicely — we are going to give attention to our respective fields for 20 days a month and remainder of the times both she’s going to come to Thiruvanthapuram or I’ll go to Delhi. Now my house-cum-studio [near Ulloor] has an area the place she practices and conducts Kathak courses.
Cultural and social variations have by no means are available the best way of our bonding. We’re 3,000 km away from one another and it’s via cellphone calls that we hold it going. What issues is we respect one another’s work.
Dr Padmavathy R and Dr Deepak Janardhan (medical practitioners)
Padmavathy R: We met throughout our MBBS days at Calicut Medical School, Kozhikode. We had been finest buddies for a very long time. And, in our case, ‘Love is friendship set to music’. We had been the lead vocal and the lead pianist in our faculty rock band ‘Elixir’. Music was the all highly effective pressure behind our romance and marriage.
I discover solely benefits in being married to my finest good friend. We are able to perceive one another’s exhaustion and state of minds, settle for loopy work hours and sudden dashes to the hospital when on name obligation. We’re equally hands-on in elevating our youngsters and fevers and scraped knees aren’t any large deal. Coping with not solely the illnesses but in addition the emotional baggage of sufferers usually drains considered one of vitality. However coming residence to an understanding partner is a present by itself. Having witnessed the brevity of life via our occupation, it brings a novel perspective to us, each as a pair and as dad and mom. We take pleasure in easy pleasures and reside life as if there isn’t a tomorrow.
Balancing full-time careers alongside youngsters and household obligations might be the most important problem we have now confronted. Then, we discover ourselves conversing in medical jargon over the eating desk, being utterly oblivious to politics and day-to-day information all over the world and discovering high quality time to spend collectively as a household.