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Dance - Bharatanatyam

  • Sheela Unnikrishnan
    Sheela Unnikrishnan

    Sheela Unnikrishnan is a renowned exponent of Bharatanatyam. She was trained in Melathur style of Bharathanatyam under Late Guru Sri M. Sundaram (a prime Disciple of Masestro Mangudi Sri Dorairaja Iyer) and she has been able to imprint his legacy with her own dance persona. Sheela is the Founder-Director of Sridevi Nrithyalaya. Students of her academy have participated in various dance festivals and have become stars in popular TV shows like ‘Thaka Dhimi Tha’, ‘Konjum Salangai’ etc. Sheela’s Sridevi Nrithyalaya produced its first Balashree Awardee in 2009. She has choreographed more than 300 solo dance pieces, 8 thematic prestations and 7 dance dramas in Bharatanatyam. Her students have always outshone in their ability to be more creative, smart, sharp and more talented. Many of her disciples have won prestigious awards, scholarships and first prizes in various state level and National level competitions. Sheela has also conducted dance workshops and Lecture-Demonstrations in India and abroad.

    Sheela Unnikrishnan has also endeavored to create new spaces for the classical dancers of today. A first class Post Graduate in Chemistry and a Graduate of Education, Sheela has also completed M.F.A., (Bharatanatyam) in first class and is currently working on completing Doctorate in Bharatanatyam. “Katradhu kai mann alavu; kallaadhadhu ulagalavu” – this is the mantra of Sheela Unnikrishnan. She continues her journey in this divine path of art, by keeping herself receptive for learning, and encourages her students too to be open for learning.

    Resident of : Chennai
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  • T.S. Kanaka
    T.S. Kanaka

    Thiruveezhimizhalai S.Kanaka daughter of a doctor couple hailing from Thiruveezhimizhalai, is a musician, dancer, choreographer, composer, teacher and a vocalist who accompanies dance recitals too. She is a child prodigy who learnt music from ‘Padmashri’ Dakshinamurthy Pillai. After his demise she started learning from Shri Ramesh Kumar of Thiruveezhimizhalai. Now she is under the tutelage of Smt. Bhushany Kalyanaraman who is the wife and prime disciple of Tanjore.S.Kalyanaraman. Her mother ‘Natanamamani’ Dr. Uma Subramaniam who is a disciple of Vazhoor Ramaiah Pillaiis is her dance guru.

    She did her B.A. in music with a gold gold medal from Queen Mary’s College and masters in Bharathanatyam from Madras universiry. Currently she is doing her PhD. She started performing at the age of 8 and won ‘Kalai Ila Mani’ award from Government of Tamilnadu at the age of 11.

    She is the organizer of Veezhimizhalai Natyanjali and manages a dance school Sankara Natyalaya at Adambakkam, Chennai.

    Resident of : Chennai
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  • Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy
    Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy

    A Danseuse par excellence, versatile choreographer of repute and a venerated guru of Bharatanatyam, Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy who hails from the princely city of Mysore, has turned very much a phenomenon in the Indian Classical dance scenario over the past three decades. Vasundhara's artistry is the quintessence of the pristine purity of the much sought-after Pandanallur school of which she is the torchbearer. Vasundhara is one of the pioneer desciples of renowned Shri Pattabhi Jois from mysore in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and has earned a PhD for her reasearch and thesis on the correlation between Yoga and Bharatanatyam.

    She is the youngest recipient of the 'Karnataka Kala Tilak', the prestigious award from the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy. Even as her academic background, a post-graduate degree in Folklore and a doctorate for the thesis 'Bharathanatyam & Yoga' vouch for a strong penchant for interdisciplinary approach.

    Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre, Mysore of which she is the founding director, is and institution of excellence that continues to groom young talents in Bharathanatyam and Yoga and her disciples are a legion. Also, the three annual festivals - 'Pallavotsava', 'Natarajotsava' and 'Parangathotsava'- which the institute organises in the premier city, is a vehement demonstration of her sincere pursuits to encourage the upcoming talents and honour the outstanding artists.

    Vasundhara Doraswamy is an A-Graded Artist in Doordarshan. She is a member of audition Committee of Doordarshan Kendra. She is also a member of Mysore University Selection Committee for Dance. She is presently a member of Ten members expert committee for Bharatanatyam appointed by the culture department, Govt. of India.

    Resident of : Mysuru
  • Yogesh Kumar
    Yogesh Kumar
    Yogesh Kumar was intiated to Bharathanatyam under Smt K Brunda. Presently he is training under the tutelage of Karnataka Kalashree Shri Sathyanarayana Raju, a world renowned exponent of Bharatanatyam
    Resident of : Bengaluru
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