Narthaki Nataraj
Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India

Narthaki Nataraj
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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Awards & Recognitions

Arutsakthi Adalarasi

Karaikudi Kamban Kazhagam – 2012

Woman of the year award

Woman of the year award by Raj TV – 2012

Nritya Madhavi

Sri Sumuki Rajashekar Art Trust – 2012

Puraskar Award 2011

Sangeet Natak Akadami, Govt. of India

Nritya Choodamani

Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Chennai – 2009

Poet Tara Bharathi Memorial

Poet Tara Bharathi Memorial Trust Award – 2008

Kalaimamani Award

Govt of Tamilnadu – 2007

Empanelled Artiste

Ministry of External Affairs Govt. of India – 2007

Kala Seva Bharathi Award

Bharat Kalachar – 2007

Best Dancer Gold Medal

Naradha Gana Sabha Chenna- - 2007

Best Dancer Award

Connecticut Tamil Sangam USA – 2004 to 2007

Best Dancer Certificate

Oslo City Council, Norway – 2007

Swathi Thirunal Maharaja Music Compositions research award

Naradha Gana Sabha Chennai and Trivandrum Royals – 2007

Top Grade Artiste

Prasar Bharati, Govt. of India – 2005

Natramizh Nadanamani

North Carolina Tamil Sangam USA – 2004

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship

Govt. of India – 2003 – 2006

Best Dance Program

6th International Tamil Internet Conference – 2003

Siruvapuri Murugan Abhishega Kuzhu

Thirupugazh Natiya Semmani Thirumuruga Kribananda Variyar Swamigal Memorial Award – Siruvapuri Murugan Abhishega Kuzhu – 2003

Natya Ratna

Pudhiya Parvai Sankarankoil – 2001

Natya Perarasi

Vani Vilasa Sabha Kumbakonam – 2001

Natya Kalaratna

Sri Kanchi Mahaswamigal Vedha Sivagama Padasalai, Thiruparankundram – 2001

Natramizh Koothar

Thanthai Periyar Tamizh Isai Mandram – 2000

Kalai Nanmani

Deparment of Tamil Development and Culture, Govt. of TamilNadu – 1996

Natya Ghyana Vaaridhi

Om Mission Thirumuruga Kripanandha Variar Swamigal Trust – 1996

Natya Priya

Friends Cultural Academy – Chennai – 1994 – 1995

Nayaki Bhava Rathnam

Sriman Nadana Gopala Nayaki Mandir – Madurai – 1984

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