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Friday, 6 October 2017

Roja Kannan

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Bharathanatyam artiste Roja Kannan was a senior disciple of the late Adyar K. Lakshman and Kalanidhi Narayanan. The granddaughter of the renowned musician Palghat Rama Bhagavatar, she grew up in an atmosphere of music and dance, and is said to have started dancing even before she started walking.

Her formal training  began when  she was five years old  at 
“ Natyalaya” the dance school of Vyjayantimala Bali where she came under the tutelage of some illustrious gurus in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam. She later had intensive abhinaya training from Kalanidhi Narayanan.

Roja had her arangetram at the age of 12 and has not looked back since. The “Best Dancer Award” from the Music Academy, Chennai, in December 2002 during their Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and the P. Obul Reddy Endownment Award for the “Best Senior Dancer” from Natyarangam,  the dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha Trust in August 2003, were among her many awards and titles. 

Roja Kannan is a reputed dance guru with a considerable following.

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