Saturday, 27 April 2013

Saroja Vaidyanathan receives Padma Bhushan

Saroja Vaidyanathan, senior Bharatanatyam exponent and teacher,  received the Padma Bhushan award from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 20th April at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Saroja who learnt Bharatanatyam from Guru Lalitha at the Saraswati Gana Nilayam in Chennai, and later from natyacharya Kattumannarkoil Muthukumara Pillai, also studied Carnatic music under Prof. P. Sambamoorthy at Madras University, and obtained a D.Litt in dance from the Indira Kala Sangeet Viswavidyalaya, Khairagarh. She is the founder-director of Ganesa Natyalaya in Delhi, where she has trained a number of dancers.She has authored several books on dance and music including 'The Science of Bharatanatyam', 'Carnataka Sangeetham', 'Bharatanatyam: An In-depth Study', and 'Classical Dances of India'.

Saroja is the recipient of several honours including the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman from the Government of Delhi, the Kalaimamani title from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram, Padma Shri from the government of India, the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award and the Kalidas Samman from the State Government of Madhya Pradesh.The Padma Bhushan is the latest feather in her cap.

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