Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, the legendary Bharatnatyam dancer is a rare combination of a dancer, research scholar, choreographer, music composer & musician, teacher, author and indologist. She is now the director of ‘Nrithyodaya’- the dance school founded in 1942 by her father, in Chennai.
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.
Yamini Purna Tilaka Krishnamurthy alias Yamini Krishnamurthy, accomplished Bharatanatyam andKuchipudi dancer who has dedicated her life to Indian classical dance for decades, was born in 1940, in Madanapalli, Andhra Pradesh. She hails from an eminent family which was more literarily than artistically inclined. Yamini’s father, M. Krishnamurthy, was a Sanskrit scholar and grandfather was an expert in Urdu poetry.
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 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 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).
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.
Krishnakumari Narendran who has over twenty five years of experience in the field of dance, is the founder -director of Abinaya Natyalaya and has been the vital force behind this institution for over two decades.
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.
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.