Natya Kala Acharya award 2012 and 2013

Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy Image courtesy : www.padmadance.com

Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy
Image courtesy : http://www.padmadance.com

Last year, the Madras Music Academy had instituted the Natya Kala Acharya Award for Dance. The first award was conferred on Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam on January 4th 2012.

The Award, instituted by Injikollai Krishnan and Leela Krishnan, was presented to her by Stefan Weckbach, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Subrahmanyam said it was a gratifying moment in her career. “I would like to share the honour with all my disciples. I started teaching while I was 14, and that has been a great process of learning.”

Padma Subrahmanyam receiving Nritya Choodamani from T. Balasaraswati (1974)
Image Courtesy: Krishna Gana Sabha

This year in July, it was announced that Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy will be conferred with the Natya Kala Acharya Award for Dance on January 3rd, 2013.

Coincidentally, she will be completing 65 years as a dancer as well.

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Sudharani Raghupathy as a child
Image courtesy: The Hindu

How did I relate the stimuli of modern dance with my performance and choreography of Bharatanatyam? If control was drilled in, in Martha Graham’s system, the same concept of restraint was emphasised by Vadhyar – to depict themes not explicitly but in a refined way.

The engaging of the elongated bearing of the torso, the flow of grace from the back and the breathing skills in modern dance were useful pointers in my own art.

References and more info:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2773116.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/article3646869.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-arts/chen-dance/graceful-65-years/article4150918.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/dance/transcendental-experience/article3746021.ece

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