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The Tamil Creator Podcast (EP #77): Jallaja Pararajasingham - Dancer, Choreographer & Founder Of Let's Jalsa Dance Academy
"Jallaja Pararajasingham is a dancer, choreographer & founder of Let’s Jalsa Dance Academy. She is also the Manager of Volunteer Resources at the SAAAC Autism Centre."
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host ("The Tamil Creator")
Canada
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She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss her work/passion as a choreographer & dancer, her parents owning the Bread Master Bakery in Malvern Mall (Ara was a frequent visitor when he was younger), combining her love of dancing & giving back through her work at SAAAC, going to Sri Lanka in 2019 to help children with special needs, and so much more.

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Timestamps

00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Jallaja Pararajasingham
00:56 - Jallaja speaks on her family upbringing and how it sparked her passion for dancing
02:03 - Known as a rebel in a tight-knit family and her parents’ personality when they retired
05:27 - How she’s using her passion for dancing to keep it in her life by teaching others
09:10 - What SAAAC is, Jallaja’s involvement, and how she sees the company growing
11:57 - The taboo of autism being overcome in the Tamil community
12:49 - SAAAC being a creative outlet; Jallaja telling stories through dance and a fundraiser
16:55 - How friends and family have both criticized and supported her
20:05 - Why Jallaja is driven by dance and SAAAC
21:37 - What Jallaja is insecure about
22:48 - The personal legacy she wants to leave behind for friends and family
23:37 - Advice she would give her 16-year-old self
24:37 - Being asked to play basketball in grade 8; only starting sports 5 years ago
25:33 - Her favourite source of information consumption
26:39 - Who Jallaja admires in the global Tamil and non-Tamil community
27:21 - Her relationship with money
28:22 - Her biggest purchase that she has no regret about; home decor
29:42 - Advice she has for fellow aspiring Tamil creators
30:42 - Creator Confessions
37:24 - The Wrap Up

 

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