Muralidharan has composed Varnams, Thillanas and Alarippus in all the 35 Talas which is very rare and complicated to handle with a touch of novelty. Mr. Muralidharan, ushering a new era in composing ‘varnams’ for the Bharathanatyam repertoire with new themes and in a slightly different format encompassing varied rhythmic cycles with matching lyrics.He is a lyricist, music composer, choreographer, performer, singer, nattuvanar and a sincere teacher.
His compositions for the dance repertoire like varnams, padams, thillanas and so on are valuable contributions to the field of Bharathanatyam. His dance dramas are a veritable delight to watch and have brought him accolades. Despite his many talents he is a very humble and dignified person who accepts suggestions and criticism with an open mind and is ever willing to improve. I am sure he will be an asset to any institution he visits and will give his best for the cause of this great art.
Sri Muralidharan is a board member of Alagappa Performing Arts (Alagappa University, Karaikkudi, India) offering Online degree course in Bharatha Natyam. He is on a short visit to the USA to meet all the dancers and dance teachers from various states to create awareness and explain about the degree course in Bharatha Natyam which was started recently by Alagappa University.
His dance school “Nrithyakshethra Dance Academy” was started by Guru’s mother Smt.Samanthagamani Palaniandy, 45 years ago, and it was in the care of his Guru. His guru had an opportunity to settle abroad after her marriage. She handed over the school to his and he is the one running this school for the past 30 years. Now many students are coming from all over the world for training. At present he trains nearly 200 students along with his wife, Chithra Muralidharan. Muralidharan was working in the Tamil Music College as Dance Professor.
He comes from a very middle class family, who struggled to teach this art to his sister, Manimekalai. He preserved and learnt dance from Kalaimamani Chamundeswari, who is the senior disciple of Padmashree Sri K.N.Dhandayadhapani Pillai, and vocal from guru, Sri Madurai T. Sethuraman.