Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India
Dancing on a path to fame
A distinctive approach that carries forward tradition without diluting its intrinsic values has won great acclaim for Bharatanatyam artist Narthaki Nataraj in not just the Indian but the global cultural context as well.
Narthaki is the direct disciple of Late Guru Kittappa Pillai who was the torch bearer of the Tanjore Quartet (consisting of maestros Chinnaiah, Ponnaiah, Sivanandam and Vadivelu) tradition in Bharatanatyam. She hails from Madurai a city well known of its ancient ties to Tamil literature.
Honours and Awards:
Of the numerous honors bestowed on her, the ones she cherishes most are:
• The Kalaimamani – awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu
• Nrutya Choodamani – bestowed by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
• The position of ‘A’ Top Grade Artist by the Doordarshan of India
• Empannelled artist of ICCR, Ministry of External Affairs of India
At this time, special mention must be made of tehmost recent “Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar 2011” conferred on her for her expertise in Bharatanatyam.
Stoic Courage and Artistic Expertise:
Her stoic courage and steadfast determination in the face of societal hurdles as a member of the third gender have translated as inspiring performances that move audiences with their expressive reach.
It is no understatement to say that her artistry derives directly from her nurturing of her feminine voice that so evocatively speaks the language of Bharatanatyam.Shows & Major Performances
Performances at leading forums:
Narthaki’s performances of rare and ancient Tamil compositions have been staged at several distinguished forums.
She has been regularly invited to perform at leading festivals organized by the both the Central and State governments, as well as prominent cultural organizations in India and abroad.
In addition, she conducts comprehensive workshops and lecture demonstrations at countries such as USA, Canada, Srilanka, London, Switzwerland, Norway and other European nations.
As a mark of her devotion to the Divine dance, Narthaki has named her institution The Velliyambalam School of Gharatanatyam. Here she imparts in-depth training to several talented disciples with the able assistance of her friend and associate Shakthi Bhaskar.
In a life wholly dedicated to the art of Bharatanatyam, Narthaki Nataraj credits all the honors showered on her as recognition of her unwavering spirit and faith.
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Karaikudi Kamban Kazhagam – 2012
Woman of the year award by Raj TV – 2012
Sri Sumuki Rajashekar Art Trust – 2012
Sangeet Natak Akadami, Govt. of India
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Chennai – 2009
Poet Tara Bharathi Memorial Trust Award – 2008
Govt of Tamilnadu – 2007
Ministry of External Affairs Govt. of India – 2007
Bharat Kalachar – 2007
Naradha Gana Sabha Chenna- - 2007
Connecticut Tamil Sangam USA – 2004 to 2007
Oslo City Council, Norway – 2007
Naradha Gana Sabha Chennai and Trivandrum Royals – 2007
Prasar Bharati, Govt. of India – 2005
North Carolina Tamil Sangam USA – 2004
Govt. of India – 2003 – 2006
6th International Tamil Internet Conference – 2003
Thirupugazh Natiya Semmani Thirumuruga Kribananda Variyar Swamigal Memorial Award – Siruvapuri Murugan Abhishega Kuzhu – 2003
Pudhiya Parvai Sankarankoil – 2001
Vani Vilasa Sabha Kumbakonam – 2001
Sri Kanchi Mahaswamigal Vedha Sivagama Padasalai, Thiruparankundram – 2001
Thanthai Periyar Tamizh Isai Mandram – 2000
Deparment of Tamil Development and Culture, Govt. of TamilNadu – 1996
Om Mission Thirumuruga Kripanandha Variar Swamigal Trust – 1996
Friends Cultural Academy – Chennai – 1994 – 1995
Sriman Nadana Gopala Nayaki Mandir – Madurai – 1984