Classical Dancers

Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh is one of the leading exponent of Odissi, an ancient classical dance form of Orissa. She has been called a philosopher among dancers for her opinions and interpretations.

Anita Rathnam

Anita Rathnam

Anita Ratnam, one of the India’s most gifted artists is an accomplished classical dancer and choreographer. With a career spanning three decades and over 1000 performances in 15 countries, this multifaceted personality has made significant contributions in other fields as Choreographer, Scholar, Television Personality and Cultural Activist.

Urmila Sathyanarayanan

Urmila Sathyanarayanan

Urmila Sathyanarayanan is one of India’s finest dancers of Barata Natyam, the classical dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Urmila has received rave reviews and international acclaim for the perfection and joy of her dance and her captivating stage presence. She is praised for her crisp and precise footwork, the spontaneity and vivaciousness of her facial expressions, her graceful poses, and her deep aramandi (plié position) which is one of the hallmarks of this dance style.

Chitra Visweswaran

Chitra Visweswaran

Chitra Vishweswaran is famed as one of the leading Bharatnatyam dancers of India. A competent performer, teacher and choreographer, she heads her own dance institution, ‘Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA)’, at Chennai.

Shobana

Shobana

Shobana acted for the first time in a leading role in the Malayalam motion picture April 18 in 1984, directed by Balachandra Menon. She also acted alongside the Malayalam actor Mammootty in the film Kanamarayathu (1984).

Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj

Brijmohan Mishra popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj is currently the leading exponent of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He is a descendant of the legendary Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, including his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj.

Swarnamalya

Swarnamalya

Swarnamalya is a Tamil actress and TV anchor. She is also a bharathanatyam dancer. She is currently acting in a Kalaignar TV serial called Thekkathi Ponnu which is directed by Bharathiraja. She is a famous classical dancer. Swarnamalya means “A golden garland”.

Alarmel Valli

Alarmel Valli

Alarmel Valli is a foremost exponent of the Pandanallur tradition in BharataNatyam. She is hailed as a creative artist who brings depth, intensity and naturalness to her work. She has won laurels several times in the major festivals in India and in almost all the cultural capitals of the world.

Abimithra

Abimithra

Abimithra, aged 13 years, was introduced to Bharathanatyam by Selvi R Karpagam while studying LKG itself. She has performed at various Natyanjalis at Chidambaram, Tanjore, Kumbakonam,Thiruvaiaru, etc.

Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai, one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, is the daughter of the dancing legend Mrinalini Sarabhai and the renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai.