Kali Veerapathiran is an unlikely hero. No, he doesn’t have superpowers, nor can he solve crimes with his trusty sidekick. He is a hero in the small fishing village of Kovalam because he worked hard and pursued his dream – to dance!
Based on the life of a dancer of the same name, ‘Kali Wants to Dance’ is a wonderfully and simply written and illustrated book on the importance of pursuing your dreams. Kali decided from an early age that he had an interest in dance. However, hailing from a small fishing village where men were expected to fish, farm or take up unskilled labour; the thought of learning dance felt like a far-fetched dream. With many obstacles to navigate – such as a lack of money, fear of studying in an unknown town and school, and language barriers, the book traces Kali’s growth as a dancer.
Kali’s support comes in the form of many people, the first being Sarah – who spots Kali’s talent and pushes him to pursue his dreams by offering financial support. His grandmother is another voice of support in his life, pushing him and giving him courage at each step of his journey.
Beautifully illustrated by Somesh Kumar, ‘Kali Wants to Dance’ is a simple, yet moving telling of a young boy and his dreams.