Classical Dancer

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”.

Vipanchee

Vipanchee

Mythology says that the veena held by Goddess Saraswathi was named ‘Vipanchee’ and ‘Vipanchee Natyalaya’, a dance institute run by Kalaimamani Dr. Saraswati derives its name from there. Entering the dance hall in Vipanchee with its aesthetic settings engulfs everyone in melody and rhythm. Dance choreography and rehearsals are round the clock activity and it all started when Dr. Saraswati came down from the North of India after having acquired the distinction of a renowned dancer and decided to set up an institution for teaching dance. This idea was translated into the establishment of a dance school by name ‘Ramana Sudha Natyalaya’.

Meenakshi Ragavan

Meenakshi Ragavan

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.

Madurai R.Muralidharan

Madurai R.Muralidharan

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.

Tapasyakala Sampradaya

Tapasyakala Sampradaya

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.

Megna Murali

Megna Murali

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.

Dr Padma Subramanyam

Dr Padma Subramanyam

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

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.

Yamini Krishnamurthy

Yamini Krishnamurthy

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.