Ashwini Viswanathan
Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India

Bharata Natyam is witnessing resurgence attracting the youth in a big way. Hailing from the connoisseur’s land of Kallidaikurichi, music and dance are natural to Ashwini. Dancing is her life and soul, her chosen profession. She was initiated into the art of Bharata Natyam at the age of seven under the tutelage of Smt. Jayanthi. Subramaniam and is today one of the prime disciple of Kala Darsana. With precise Nrittha and polished Nrithya, she is refining her abhinaya with Smt Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has been learning Mohiniattam from Smt. GopikaVarma since 2000. If Bharata Natyam is her passion, Mohini Attam is her expedition.

Since her arangetram in 1995, she has never looked back. Agility, vibrancy along with poise marks her programs. With many solo performances to her credit in many leading Sabhas, she has active participation in all the group choreography of both Jayanti and Gopika. Many laurels have come her way enthusing her more and more.

In academics, she has Masters in Professional Accounting and Masters in International Finance from Deakin University, Melbourne. She also has a Masters in Economics from Stella-Maris. She has also a diploma in Bharathanatyam from the Kalai Kaveri university, Trichy and Masters in Bharathanatyam from the same University.Her efforts are in the direction of understanding the nuances of Natya sastra and its practice. Her intelligence, inspiration, dedication and determination, has won her several laurels not only in her home country but has also opened up opportunities abroad.

Shows & Major Performances

A few steps in the ladder
• Some Solos in Bharata Natyam
• Arangetram
• Natyanjali Trust
• Nellai Sangeetha Sabha – Tirunelveli
• R.R.Sabha, Navaratari fest
• Mylapore Fine Arts
• Nrityanjali Trust
• VDS Arts Academy
• Indian Fine Arts Society
• Kalapradarsini
• Krishna Gana Sabha
• Karthik Fine Arts
• Brahma Gana Sabha
• Natyarangam
• Pollachi
• Bharath Kalachar
• Spirit Of Youth, Music Academy
• Doordarshan Kendra – ’03
• Jaya and Sun TV
• Group Performances
• Choreography by Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam

Dasavatara at the 24th National Festival, Spirit of Unity concerts for National Integration conducted by the Bharath Cultural Integration Committee in commemoration of the 70th Birthday of Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba, Puttaparti in November ‘95

Sakthi for the Inner Wheel of the Rotary Club

“Krishna Leela Tarangini” of Narayana Teertha presented under the auspices of the Thirupunturuti Narayana Theertha Trust on the occasion of the Narayana Teertha Jayanthi conducted by the Tirupunturti Narayana Teertha Trust, All India Oriented Conference, the Narada Gana Sabha, Bharath Kalachar and the All India Sanskirt Conference held at the JPR College

“Jonathan Livingston Seagull” for Stella Maris College
Participated in the lecture demonstration by Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam on the compositions of Maharaja Sri. Swathi Thirunal for the Malayalee club, Chennai in April ’00

“Kamba Ramayanam” presented at Thirupathur Kamban Vizha

“Narayana Vaibhavam”, by Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam at Thirumalai Thirupathi Devasthanam

“The Mirror of Love” at the Music Academy by the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS)

“Bharatha Samudhayam”, for the 29th National Festival, Spirit of Unity Concerts for Universal Integration conducted by the Bharath Cultural Integration Committee in association with the Madras Telugu Academy in October ’01 at the Music Academy

“The Hand Maidens Message” and “Mother Mary of Passion” for Stella Maris College

“San Maargam” at Mylapore Fine Arts Club

“Ramayanam” at the Thiru Kovilur Temple

“Thiru Kailaya Gnana Ula”, by Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam at the Marghazhi Mahotsavam Festival, Bharath Kalachar

“Ainthinai” – Landscape of Emotions, choreographed by Smt. Vasantha Lakshmi Narasimhachari and Sri. Narasimhachari

“Kalinga Narthana Thillana” presented by Sri. L. Narendra Kumar at the Krishna Gana Sabha, ABHAI, International Dance Alliance (IDA) and Bharath Kalachar
Ballets choreographed by Smt. Ambika Kameshwar

“Nandi” presented by Sri. L. Narendra Kumar at the ABHAI

Various Annual Dance Festivals of ABHAI

Has done choreography for V-EXCEL and Vidyasagar, Schools for the disabled

“Kreeda”, a group presentation by C.V.Chandrasekar for the Sangeet Natak Academy in Assam and for the Purana Kila Festival, Delhi

“Alekhya”- The spilling Ink with VijayPalaparty, Nalini Prakash , Padma Raghavan and Madhusoodhan

• MohiniAttam Performances with Smt. Gopika Varma
• Mahabalipuram Dance Fest.
• Lalitha kala Vedika – Mysore. Karnataka.
• Koodal Manickam Fest—Irijalakuda, Kerala.
• Brahmotsavam – Mookambika-- Karnataka.
• IDA Dance Fest—Narada Gana Sabha.
• Chidambaram Fest.
• Steps outside India
• Went on a tour of USA in September 2004 for Dr. Jayanthi Raman and Rasika- Indian Arts and Culture Council
• Performed at the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS), Singapore in March 2006
• Performed with Prof C.V.Chandrasekar at the New York Dance Festival in 2007
• Performed for the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival in 2011 and 2012
• Performed for the Sandiego Music and Dance Festival with Smt. Radha Ramanathan and Smt Jayanthi Subramaniam in 2012 

Contact :

2A, Nagalakshmi Apartments,
No.3, Ramachandra Road, Mylapore,
Chennai- 600004.

Phone : +91.44.2499.7661, +91.44.2499.5754, +91.89397.67320


Awards & Recognitions

Best young Dancer Award

For the year 2000-2001 – Indian Fine Arts Society

Lakshmi Viswanathan Award (Varnam)

For the year 2002 – Krishna Gana Sabha


Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram for ’03 -’04

Yuvakala Vipanchee

Received the Yuvakala Vipanchee award in 2005

Natya Chudar

Received the Natya Chudar Award from the Karthik Fine Arts in 2006

Yuvakala Bharathi

Received the Yuvakala Bharathi award from Bharat Kalachar in 2010

Dasyam Navanupura

Received the Dasyam Navanupura award from Dasyam in 2011

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