Tapasya Kala Sampradaya has been working to preserve traditional cultural heritage for close to two decades. Set up under the guidance of Isai Perarignar K.P. KITTAPPA PILLAI, Tapasya has been working with hereditary families to research and document traditional Bharatanatyam. Tapasya will be presenting the Narayaneeyam based on the 16th century text by Melpathur Narayana Bhatatiri. Choreographed in traditional style set to traditional Carnatic ragas, this production presents the story of Lord Krishna as described by the composer in The Narayaneeyam. This production, first performed as an offering at Guruvayur , has been widely performed to much public acclaim.
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.
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.
Shri M.V. Narasimhachari and Shrimati M. Vasanthalakshmi, the well-known duo in Kuchipudi dance, have been at the forefront of their chosen field for many years. Shri Narasimhachari was born in Chennai in 1942 and Shrimati Vasanthalakshmi in 1954 at Kanigiri, Andhra Pradesh.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Megna Murali, is a passionate dancer. When she was 7 years old, she came under the tutelage of a very talented guru Mrs. Radhika Ganesh to learn Bharathanatyam. Under Guru Radhika Ganesh’s guidance, she was able to focus immensely on intricate aspects of the dance, mainly, the bhava.