Sheela Unnikrishnan
Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India


As a disciple

• Had training in the Melattur Style of Bharathanatyam under the Natyacharya Late. Sri M. Sundaram of Perambur, the direct disciple of famous exponent Mangudi R. Dorairaja Iyer.
• Had also undergone intensive training in Kuchipudi style of dance under the tutelage of the world renowned Kuchipudi Maestro Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam for over eight years and was awarded scholarship by Govt. of India, Human Resources Development, New Delhi.
• Secured first class in Higher grade (Bharathanatyam) – Department of Govt. Technical
• Examinations – 1987.
• Attended a three day work shop “Natya Sangraham”, conducted by Natyarangam in 2005.

As a teacher

• Running a dance school “Sridevi Nrithyalaya” at Chennai, since 1988 – having branches at Villivakkam, Koratur, Kilpauk and K.K.Nagar. Many students from all over India and abroad have bloomed as performing artistes from this dance school.
• Conducted a work shop on “Adavus” for 8 days at Oslo – organized by Kala Sadhanalaya & Muthamizh Mandram - Norway.
• Conferring the title “Nrithya Vichitra” on those who perform arangetram.
• Presenting prestigious performances by the students of this institution.

Sheela’s students have won first places in many national and interstate level competitions and were conferred awards such as Bala sree from Govt. of India, Nrithya Ratna, Nrithya Jyothi, etc. and also Scholarships from CCRT, Bharath Kalachar etc.

Shows & Major Performances

As a performer

• Best Dancer – Youth Club – Soviet Cultural Centre – 1986.
• “B” grade artist – Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai – Govt. of India – 1988.
• 1st place – Hidden talent contest – Lalchand Milapchand Dada Sr. Sec. School – 1993.
• 2nd place – Swathi Smrithi – Malayalee Club – 1999.


• Delhi Tamil Sangam – 2005
• Pollachi Tamil Sangam – 2010
• Madurai Tamil Sangam – 2006
• Bharath Kalachar – Since 2003


• Chidambaram Natyanjali – 2007 & 2010
• Perur Natyanjali – 2007
• Konark Dance Festival – 2009
• Vysaki Nrithyotsav, Vizag – 2009
• Pongal Vizha, Dept. of Art & Culture – 2010
• Mamallapuram Dance Festival – 2005 to 2010
• IDA – Bangalore – 2009
• Siddhendra Yogi Mahotsav, Kuchipudi Village – 2009
• Kala Ghoda Dance Festival, Mumbai – 2010
• Kalai Vizha in Semmozhi Maanadu – 2010


• Applauded by the then President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, in whose presence, her dance drama, Bala Ramayanam was staged at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi – 2005.
• Auroville Cultural Exchange – 2008.
• Taka Dimi Tha 250th week celebrations – 2009.
• Doordarshan’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Puducheri Kendra – 2010.

As a Choreographer

• Choreographed more than 300 solo items and several dance dramas and thematic presentations. To name a few:

Dance dramas

• Balaramayanam (so far staged over 76 programmes)
• Sada Siva Smaranam
• Shadaksharam
• Parvathi Parinayam
• Janani Jagath Karani
• Ravana Keerthi (under production)

Thematic presentations

• Sri Krishna Karnamrutham
• Sri Krishna Manjari
• Sri Maha Shodasi
• Thrayee
• Kuralin Kural
• Shanmatham
• Ramachandram Bhavayami


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Vadapalani, Chennai – 600 026.

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Awards & Recognitions

Kala Praveena

Lion’s club of Green Park 2004 - 05

Best Guru

VDS Arts Academy - 2005

Nartana Sironmani

Salngai Oli Trust - 2006

Aadal Vallar

Music Connoiseurs - 2006

Padma Bharathy

Padma Sarangapani Cultural Academy - 2007

Natya Kalai Chudar

Uratha Sinthanai - 2007

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