The video conference took place at the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat (ZP) office in the presence of ZP CEO Kumar, who also congratulated her after the interaction. The Prime Minister congratulated Remona and appreciated her efforts and learning to dance at the age of three. While interacting, Remona told the Prime Minister that her mother was an inspiration and she introduced her to Indian culture and different aspects of dance. “I want to spread the color and richness of Indian culture around the world,” she said.
The Prime Minister told the dancer that her achievements far exceed her age and told her that her art is a way of expressing the power of the great country.
About the challenges, she told the Prime Minister that her mother had many difficulties after her father passed away. She worked hard to get her admitted to a dance school and to ensure that she and her brother received an education. In return, she wants to make her family and teachers proud. Hearing that she dances on pieces of glass, the Prime Minister asked her about the challenges. In response, she said her mom would try it out first and it was all about practice and hard work. It took a long time to even stand on glass pieces. The Prime Minister appreciates her mother’s efforts.
After the interaction Remona said:
that she was happy to associate with the Prime Minister and wished she could visit Delhi to receive the award.
Remona aspires to enter the Guinness Book of World Records in dance, obtain a PhD in Bharatanatyam, continue to learn new forms of dance and teach economically backward students. “The award came as a surprise and came after five years of trying,” she said.
She is the daughter of Late Everest Pereira and Gladys Pereira. Her gurus are Shrividya Murlidhar for Bharatanatyam, Gautam Bhattacharya acrobatics and other dance forms, Pramod Kodikal and Western, and Manoj for folk dance. She has been teaching Bharatanatyam for 13 years and has been listed in the India Book of Records for using nearly 25 props and over an hour of dancing, the Bharat Book of Records and the Golden Book of World Records. She has also received several state and district awards.