Abinaya kalaimani S.R. meenakshi Raghavan is a devoted exponent of bharathanatyam. She has devoted her life to the divine Bharathanatyam for the past several years.
She has enthralled the audience in several city sabhas by her masterly exposition of Jathis. The richness of the Bhavas,Abhinayas and Precision of movements of her disciples of stage speak volumes about her capacity as a Guru Par Excellence.
Meenakshi, who runs the dance school ‘Vinayaga Natyalaya’ in Singaperumal Koil, is a disciple of Kalaimamani Chandra Dhandayuthapani Pillai who is the director of ‘Natya Kalalayam’. Her idea of starting a dance school in Singaperumal Koil, in Kancheepuram district, is to spread “our culture in the rural areas”.
“The dance of India should not only be taught to the elite but also the inquisitive learners of rural areas,” she declares. With this aim she started teaching Bharatanatyam to people in and around Chengalpattu, Singaperumal Koil, Thirukazhukundram, Mahabalipuram, Maraimalai Nagar, Thelimedu, etc.
She says with pride that more than 300 students are now part of this institution and “the fact is that they are all not from elite groups, but are rural folk”. Apart from being famous for her bhava, abhinaya and precision of movement, she has also proved that she is an able teacher.
The institution has been invited to perform by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and the Department of Art and Culture in their various programmes. It has been given an opportunity to participate in the programmes conducted by ‘Iyal, Isai, Nadaga Mandram’ of Tamil Nadu.
Meenakshi has also performed in the Mahabalipuram dance festival and the Chidambaram dance festival.But one had better beware of this charming young dancer: She holds a black belt in Karate!. She is the disciple of guru kalaimani Mrs.Chandra Dhandayuthapani pillai. She was also a student of Tamil Nadu Government Music College, Adyar, from where she graduated as ‘Aadal Kalaimani’ and ‘Nattuvanga Kalaimani’.
Awards & Titles
She was conferred with the title of Adal Kalaimani and Nattuvanga Kalaimani by T.G.M College. She was conferred with “Balasaraswathi” title in the year 2006 and “Natya Mayuri” by Kalai Panbattu Thurai, Tuticorin, 2007. She was awarded the ‘Natyakala Vipanchee’ title on December 31, 2007. On January 1, 2008, the title ‘Natya Sudaroli’ was conferred upon her by Apoorva Ragam Sabha.