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Dr Padma Subramaniam

Synonymous with breathtaking scholarship in tandem with high proficiency in performance, the dance of Padma Subramanyam appeals to both the connoisseur and the specialist rasika.She is an Indian dancer of the Bharatanatyam variety of Indian classical dance. She is also a research scholar, choreographer, music composer and musician, teacher and author. She is famous in India as well as abroad: several films and documentaries have been made in her honor by countries like Japan, Australia and Russia.

Trained by Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai and Mylapore Gowriammal, Padma Subramanyam went on to imprint Bharatnatyam with her unique research and philosophy. This philosophy is now called as Bharatanrithyam-a kinetic delineation of the elements of Bharatnatyam built on the premise, that movements based on sculpted postures have to be built upon, rather than to be limited to sculptural exactitude. Her doctoral thesis was on "Karanas in Indian Dance and Sculpture". She is also the author of "Bharata's Art:Then and now", "Natya Shastra and National Unity","Karanas Common Dance codes of India and Indonesia and "Epic stories of Natya Shastra". She is currently involved with dedicating a temple to Bharat-author of the Natya Shastra.

A renowned choreographer and a popular artist whose art engages diverse audiences, Padma Subramanyam is also a reputed singer composer and indologist and aesthete. Presently she is the managing trustee of Bharata Muni Foundation for Asian culture. Director of the Nrityodaya School of Dance in Chennai, she has also produced a teleserial "Bhartiya Natya Shatra".

Padma Subramanyam has been bestowed with bountiful of awards and honors including 'Padmashri' in 1981 and 'Padma Bhushan' in 1983, which are among the highest civilian awards of India. Other awards as a mark of distinction include 'Sangeet Natak Akademi Award', 'Padma Bhushan', 'Kalaimamani Award', 'Kalidas Samman' (1983), 'Nada Brahmam' and many more.

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