Dancers & Institutes
There are innumerable fine and great dancers and Institutes all over the world. Here is the link to the information of some of the past and present dancers .
This link is about Rukmini Devi - the founder of "Kalakshetra".
Padmashri Leela Samson , a representative of Kalakshetra style, is one of the most popular and leading exponents of Bharata Natyam.
Alarmel Valli is a foremost exponent of the Pandanallur tradition in BharatNatyam. She has won laurels several times in the major festivals in India and in almost all the cultural capitals of the world.
Padmabhushan Sonal Mansingh was honoured with 'Padmabhushan' by the President of India for her contribution to the field of Indian dance.
She is one of the leading BharatNatyam Dancers of India and runs her institute of Dance " Chidambaram" at Chennai.
An accomplished Dancer in BharatNatyam as well as Odissi . Performed in the Festivals of India in France, Japan, Switzerland , London besides achieving many other accolades.
Legendary T.S.Balasarawati (1918-1984) who belonged to a treasure-house of the Karnatic tradition , made public aware of BharatNatyam not by deliberate efforts of reforms but by the beauty and the eloquence of her dancing.
Padmabhushan Yamini Krishnamurthi is one of India's top ranking Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi exponent.
Darpana Academy of Performing Arts
This Institute has been founded by Mrinalini Sarabhai , the celebrated dancer and choreographer , who has received many distinguished awards and citations for her contribution to the preservation of Indian Dance.
Mallika Sarabhai is known as an accomplished artist ; a BhartNatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, the theatre maker , the choreographer and much more.
Rukmini Devi Arundale's Kalakshetra is an Institution of national importance.
Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan
Ganesa Natyalaya was established in 1974 by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. The school is apparently a leading institute for Bharata Natyam in New Delhi.
VP Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan
Popularly known as the Dhananjayans, they are the legendary dancing couple of India. They have received innumerble National and International awards and recognition.
Besides being an accomplished Dancer (BharatNatyam, Mohiniattam and Kathakali) , Anita Ratnam is a Choreographer, Television Personality, Scholar, Writer and much more.
Her Institute in Pune :Kalavardhini
A fine exponent of Tanjavur School of BharatNatyam, Sucheta Chapekar has done a Doctorate in Dance and has contributed "Nritya Ganga", a sister style of BharatNatyam , based on Tanjore Maratha Ruler's compositions in Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit.
A highly accomplished dancer known for her fluid abhinaya and also a choreographer, vocalist and a writer. Currently teaching BhataNatyam at her institute "Natya Vriksha", New Delhi.
A refined exponent of Vazhvoor school of BharatNatyam, Vidya has performed extensively in collaborative works and festivals around the world displaying her mastery over the technique.
An accomplished artist , Mythili Kumar has performed extensively and received many awards for her contribution to Indian Culure abroad.
Performs and teaches Bharatanatyam at her institute "Natyakalyanam". She is a seven time recipient of the NEA dance choreography award and recently won an EMMY award
A fine exponent of Vazhvoor school of BharatNatyam , she has performed extensively in India, Europe, Australia. United States, and many more places displaying her skills as a performer and a choregrapher.
She has been performing in all the major centers in India and has also travelled extensively in Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia on concert tours.
Disciple of Rukmini Devi Arundale at Kalakshetra, Anjana is a fine exponent of Bharata Natyam .