Palden Lama Mawroh: Journey of pursuing dance as a hobby to being a Professional Dancer
Palden Lama Mawroh
3rd February 1989
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Dance – Bollywood Choreography
Belonging to a family of airliners, Palden Lama Mawroh’s parents also dreamt of him becoming a Pilot one day. Although he did become a Pilot but destiny had other plans for him which made quit everything and follow his Passion and became a Professional Dancer. After a short summer workshop at Shaimak Davar’s dance classes he he realised he needed to train more and work harder if he had to take it up professionally and thus began to train in different Dance Forms and chose Russian Classical Ballet to be his Base and Forte. A well known Bollywood choreographer now Palden has also worked for several reality shows Like Super Dancer Chapter 1&2, Dance India Dance - Battle of Champions,Nach Baliye and many more. His path from being an introvert to being an outstanding dancer is worth a million applause. He is an inspiration to many more struggling dancers, who aspire to become like him one day.
His journey of getting into dance seems to be quite interesting and we are glad to know this. Team imd1 wishes All the best to Palden Lama Mawroh for his future and wish him success in all his endeavours.
We are really keen to know how did your journey begin?
I was a very shy and a reserved person growing up in Delhi, to an extent that whenever I would take the elevator of my residential building,I used to avoid interacting with the aunties and uncles of my building.So,my mother started enrolling me in different co-curricular activities every summer vacation.I went from guitar classes to learning theatre at the National School of Drama Junior company to skating,swimming,etc.However I couldn’t excel in any of it.Only when I joined Shiamak Davars’dance classes probably they saw a change in me and that’s how it all started.But since,I was from a family of airliners and I never knew what I wanted to do in life,everyone thought I’d be a pilot.Post my 10th grade,I struggled but did take up physics,chemistry and maths to be a pilot.Successfully,after completing my commercial pilot license course in the Philippines came back to India for my exams and conversion of the Filipino license to Indian license.I ended up working and sulking.I hated my job.After this I landed up taking Dance as my profession.
Know me Beyond Dancing
Faith | Belief | Achieve: One Day at A Time
I draw inspirations from
I draw inspirations from around us. Everything has a purpose from the sun(everything new that starts will eventually end for another new beginning) to the flowers (beautiful but temporary, gentle but have thorns that can hurt, given for auspicious beginnings and also for mournful end) and to even something as dust invisible to naked eye but can become a storm to rip structures)…. So, inspiration is around us everywhere, all the time it’s about taking time and noticing…!
Food I Don't Like
Had I not been a Choregrapher then…
I wouldn’t have taken up any 9 to 5 job. Hence, I would have been an Artist but maybe some other Art form.
Like Vacations at
I prefer busy cities… don’t like quiet places for more than two days. I know I’m strange.
Favorite Pass time
Love sleeping…. passes a lot of time at once and let’s me gather the required sleep a normal human does coz when we work, we usually don’t get a lot of it.
Favorite Movies / Series
I love watching any animated movie it’s crazy how computers can create characters that have more real emotions than most humans. In series, I enjoyed watching Game of Thrones.
Favorite Actor / Actress
Heath Ledger only after he passed away, did I realize how supremely talented he was.
Show: Dance India Dance - Battle of the champions,Video Credits : Zee Tv
What's your success mantra?
Dreamers are Achievers so Dare to Dream but one day at a time…and trust me it’s true when they say“Apna Time Aayega” I like to say it “Sabka time aayega and zaroor aayega par apne apne time pe”.
What were the hardships / hurdles you have encountered during your journey? How did you overcome them?
Hard to believe but even in progressive India rather even now,as someone from North East I still do get to hear a lot of negative comments like‘Hey are you from China’.People think it’s fun and so hilarious when they do so,not realizing probably for the receiver of such comments and actions its upsetting.I just learnt to ignore such comments. I can’t change everyone or anyone but choose to ignore and concentrate on my dance.And I guess with money,popularity and a little fame you do make friends easily. Somebody has rightly said,“Ignorance is a bliss”and trust me it is most of the time.
Success is incomplete without its share of setbacks. What advice do you give to others about handling the setbacks?
Well I’m not some Guru of sorts on how to handle setbacks but like I always say Faith|Believe|Achieve.Have Faith in yourself….Believe in Yourself and one day you’ll achieve.
Do you think Dance and its learnings can be helpful in life even if one does not want to consider it as a career goal?
Well I guess there is no harm or bad that can come from learning dance.If nothing you’re at least burning calories and staying fit.For some it is a good way to build confidence.
Who has been the main influencers in your journey & how?
Well there are many,for instance each reality show I work on,I come across so many people,who are facing hardships in life,yet strive each day to make it happen.More than influence they inspire me.
Did you get any formal training in Dancing?Kindly tell us about it…
Well like I mentioned earlier,I started with Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts.Post which I got a scholarship for Classical Ballet followed by training in Aerial Skills.
Could you reflect on the importance of systematic training in Dance?
Anything done with a bit of discipline is always a good thing.It’s good to keep your mind in tune with your body.Keep a check on the food you consume.It will help you to be in control of your own life and thoughts.
What are the pre-coaching essentials e.g.right age,mindset or anything else?
There is no such thing as right age and right time,whenever the thought to learn comes to your mind that is the right time.Never stop learning in your Lifetime…!!!
Technology is changing the way people get trained in Dancing.What's your take?
It's a good thing.Any change that improves the process of learning is always a positive change.
What qualities must one look for in a'Guru'for training in Dancing?
As far as training under somebody is concerned,then it should be someone who knows what he or she is offering.Someone who focuses more on basics then on the trend,because unless you are clear with the basics you cannot move ahead.
If you were to bring one big change in the way people get trained in Dancing,what would that be?
Mindset is something that I would like to change.As too fast too never does good.A lot of people are keen on learning things without getting basics right,which is not beneficial in the long run.
What do you suggest for better accessibility of Dance training in remote parts of India?
Remote parts are the tricky ones because talent is something that can come from anywhere.I guess for beginners people should try and find access to any nearby workshop or classes as once talent is exposed it never goes unnoticed.
Your piece of advice to parents and new generation especially when some people are skeptical about career in extra curriculum…
Well it is very important for parents and the kids to be sure and realize that one should be interested in whatever activity they are doing.An honest opinion on this is that co-curricular can look fun and glam and easy but it's absolutely the opposite as its a lot of hard work.Not at all glam and yes fun is subjective,if you love what you do then it's fun else it's just work.
One thing which you feel you want to change from the past while you walk down the memory lane…
Nothing till now because everything that I am today is via all the learnings that I have gained over time and I believe in owning everything that I am every bit of it
How can one identify&encourage talent in the family?
Firstly,honesty is very important one.Critiqued talent with their honest opinion….and then help them with any possible source whether it's in case of financially or it can be motivation or anything related to their ability.
Any other thoughts you want to share…
Well do what you have to do….When you have to do….If that makes you happy but ONE DAY AT A TIME….Nothing great was made/done in a day….It all happens with time so take as it comes each day and STAY FOCUSSED….Do not loose home it will happen as long as you believe in yourself…..AMEN…!!!