Vidhya Subramanian
Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India
Biography

Vidhya Subramanian bharatanatyam dancer Known for elegance in movement and eloquence in expression, Vidhya Subramanian has given as much as she has received from her background in the traditional Vazhuvoor style

After dazzling audiences the world over with her performances, receiving international acclaim and having taught the dance as well, Vidhya Subramanian continues to bring tremendous energy and dedication to promoting and preserving the ancient art form of Bharatanatyam.

Known for her bold, modern themes and strong choreography, Vidhya has given as much as she has received from her background in the traditional Vazhuvoor style. She began her early training with the inimitable Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and enriched it under the eminent Guru Sri S.K.Rajarathnam and the famous abhinaya exponent Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. Vidhya further received training in theory from the Dhananjayans and Nattuvangam (the art of conducting a performance) from Bhagavatulu Seetharama Sharma.

Vidhya's performances have stood out as a beacon to Indian Culture and World Arts, and have been an important part of many cross-cultural events, in India and other countries. Through Vidhya's evocative rendition, Bharatanatyam has crossed international boundaries and touched the chords of dignitaries and arts enthusiasts in USA, Russia, France, Germany, Kenya and Afghanistan.

After her move to the United States, Vidhya started her own Bharatanatyam production company and school called Lasya, in Northern California. The school has presented 38 disciples in Arangetrams and the company has performed 9 full-length and several short thematic presentations under her direction. In addition, Vidhya has expanded the outreach of Bharatanatyam through collaborations with other styles of dance through her solo and ensemble work.

Vidhya's artistic talents have extended to acting as well and she has done 3 stage plays and one short film under the banner of Krea. She trains in Carnatic music and is currently in the process of completing her MA in Theatre Arts.

 

Choreography challenges and excites Vidhya. Music has always guided her thought process and the notes and lyrics beckon to her to create be it a short solo piece or a large-scale ensemble production.

 

Solo Work

• His Curls - dance-theatre interpretation of short story
• OJAS - with that spiritual energy I yearn - exploration of the madness that drove saint poetesses to their spiritual goal
• Kanchi Kshetram: an entire performance based on Kanchipuram commissioned for Natyarangam festival
• Contemporary work as narrator in 'The Piper' for California Contemporary     Dancers
• Contemporary piece 'Into the Wind' depicting the strength of woman
• 'Rama - Divine and Human': an entire performance exploring Rama's personality
• 'Thoodu': an entire performance exploring the messenger in myriad forms
• Several Pushpanjalis, Kavuttuvams, Varnams, Padams, Keertanams, and Tillanas

 

Productions and ensemble work

• Navarasa: Her Choice - representation of the navarasa through women in Indian history, mythology and fiction
• Pancha Dasha Natya Samaroh: amalgamation of Carnatic music repertoire showcased through Bharata Natyam
• Sangamam: confluence between Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi, confluence between Bharata Natyam and Odissi
• Living Sculptures: exploration of mutuality between sculpture represented at various temples in India and Bharata Natyam
• Meenakshi Kalyanam: commissioned for South India Fine Art's 25th anniversary celebrations
• Bharati in Bharatam: dedicated to the beautiful poetry of Subramanya Bharati
• Dasaka Natya Samaroh: 70 dancers presented classical, folk, and panchatantra to classical, folk and fusion music
• Silappadikaram: presentation of Ilango Adigal's masterpiece
• Shakuntalam: presentation of the literary genius of Kalidasa
• Kalinga Nartana Tillana: commissioned for Ethnic Dance Festival
• 'Sarang': collaboration between Bharata Natyam and Kathak
• 'Stree Mahima' and 'Navagraha': group choreography with Bay area dancers

Shows & Major Performances

Starting with her arangetram in 1984, Vidhya has performed Bharata Natyam world-wide to critical acclaim.

2012:
Jan 3 - MARGAM, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai
Jan 6 - MARGAM, Kanchipuram
Jan 7 - TRIBUTE TO GURU S.K.RAJARATHNAM

2011:
Aug 3 - performance for IDA festival. Venue: Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.
Aug 15 - performance for Narada Gana Sabha's Natyarangam Dance Festival 'Bharatam Kadai Kadaiyaam'. Venue: Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
Dec 10 - Neemrana Fort Palace, Jaipur
Dec 13 - India International Center, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi
Dec 15 - NADA NEERANJANAM, Tirupathi
Dec 20 - MARGAM, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai
Dec 23 - MAD & DIVINE CONFERENCE, performance of ‘OJAS - with that spiritual energy I yearn’, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai
Dec 30 - MUDRIKA - unity in duality, Ananya, Bangalore, Seva Sadan, Malleswaram

2010:
Aug 8 - 'Navarasa' - Her Choice by Lasya Dance Company - Choreography, direction and performance. Venue: McAfee Theatre, Saratoga.
Sept 11 - playing the role of Kannagi in Muralidharan's 'Silappadikaram' presented by Kalalaya. Venue: CET, San Jose.
Oct 1 - performance in Traditions Engaged presented by Chitresh Das Dance Company.
Dec 19 - solo by Vidhya Subramanian. Venue: Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, India.


2009:
Mar 20 - Indian Classical Music and Dance Society, Rochester, NY.
May 23 - Shakti Dance Company, Los Angeles, CA.
Jun 28 - TriDevi Mahotsava, South Bay Hindu Center, CA.
Jul 18 - Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, India.
Dec 25 - Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, India.
Dec 31 - Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, India.


2008:
Dec 16 - Kalakshetra, Chennai, India.
Dec 22 - Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, India.


2007:
Jul 3 - Rajarathnam Retrospective. Venue: Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, India.
Aug 11 - Kshetra Bharatam Festival. Venue: Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, India.


Cities performed in India:
Alappey, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Chidambaram, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Dharapuram, Guntur, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kakinada, Karur, Kalpakkam, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Mumbai, Mysore, Nellore, Pondicherry, Ranipet, Tirunelveli, Trichi, Trivandrum, Tuticorin.


Countries performed at:
India, Russia - XII World Youth Festival, Kenya, Afghanistan, France, Germany, USA.


Dignitaries:
Has performed in the presence of ex Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, ex President R. Venkatraman, Chief Minister Karunanidhi, Governer of Tamil Nadu, Russian Ambassador to India, Kenyan Ambassador to India.


Collaborations:

Jaya Jaya Devi - Lalgudi Jayaraman's grand dance drama choreographed by Guru Rhadha and staged in Chennai. Played the role of Durga.
California Contemporary Dancers - 'The Piper' & 'Into the Wind'
Asian Pacific Performing Arts Series - Kathak
Lasya Dance Company - Odissi & Kuchipudi
Shiva Vishnu Temple - Bharatanatyam dancers in the bay area
Aasra - Bharatanatyam dancers in the bay area
South Bay Hindu Center - TriDevi Mahotsava - with other dancers in the bay area as well as students of Smt. Ranganayaki Jayaraman under her direction and choreography


Actress

Under the banner of Krea, Vidhya has dabbled in acting to fulfilling endeavors.
3 stage plays: Sruti Bedham, Seeds and Flowers, Rabbit Hole
1 short film - Goodbye

 

PRESS QUOTES

The varnam, the acid test for Bharatanatyam dancers,was gracefully characterised by her fluid movements, well sustained with aesthetic and charishmatic appeal. Her laya techniques found winsome expression through captivating theermanams executed with skill and intution. This widely travelled and vibrant performer has it in her to march forward progressively in the days to come. - Indian Express

A heart warming, impressive recital of Vidya Subramaniam Sridhar, prsealed her as a refined artiste and a charming, bright star in the existing network of dancers who are climbing up the senior level with quality and genuine skill. - The Hindu

The varnam in Nattakkuranji in the taut lines of the dance and the savoured abhinaya treated one to the complete dancer. The nrtta never flagged in maintaining the physical contours of Bharatanatyam profile. But nothing could beat the aching sweetness of love in the Ashtapadi. The unhurried treatment and the total internalisation of emotive energy owed much to the dancer. - The Hindu

Vidhya Sridhar, a noted name in the classical dancing world, once again gave a stunning display of her mastery of Bharatanatyam dance form. Vidhya's vibrant execution of jathis and intermingled bhavas made her performance a sheer delight. - India Post, California

Evidence of the cumulative resources and commitment to the ideals of high aesthetics, which are the hallmark of the Vazhuvur tradition, was aplenty in the beautiful Bharatanatyam recital of Vidhya Sridhar. Her dance was a powerful and sustained love-pact between the dancer and her material'.- Indian Express

Vidhya was beautiful and her dancing too was beautiful because she let lasya rule her performance. - The Hindu, Madras

The rich grace in 'adavus' and striking sense of the aesthetic made her recital memorable. The concluding 'Tilang Tillana' of Lalgudi Jayaraman in a medium tempo was an enchanting finale. - Times of India, Bombay

Blessed with an entrancing stage presence, she has the most telling eyes, long-fingered articulate hands, slender-waisted excellent proportions and a very pleasant expression. Vidhya's performance was characterized by grace and a fine grasp over the mathematics of rhythm. - Patriot, Delhi

She has equal felicity in abhinaya as in nritta as was evident in the interpretation of the Pantuvarali piece "Netru Varenendru". But Kanakadasa's composition "Baro Krishnayya" stood out as the best part of her exposition. - The Hindu, Madras

Vidhya is full of promise and dances with grace and elegance. Her performances were deeply appreciated by the international audience. - Prof. Nurul Hassan, Past Indian Ambassador to Russia, after the World Youth Festival in Moscow

Vidhya's dance brightened the occasion. Within seconds of her entering the stage, she convinced the connoisseur that her talent belongs to the uncommon category. She went through the highly stylized movements of Bharatanatyam with a delicate touch of artistry that made them all look easy and natural. - The Hindu, Madras

She gave a brilliant interpretation to the Useni Varnam. Fleet-footed and confident of rhythm, and with her expertise in abhinaya, she impressed. - Subbudu, Indian Express, Madras

It seemed as if an Apsara had descended from the heavens and brought down with her the magnificence of Bharatanatyam from the gods to the delight of humans. - Nation, Nairobi

 

Contact:

India

Chennai
+91.98412.55569

USA

Cupertino, California
408-480-9689
email: vidhya.subramanian1@gmail.com

Website: www.vidhyasubramanian.com

http://www.lasya.org

Awards & Recognitions

Nadanamamani

Nadanamamani - Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, India

Yuva Kala Bharati

Yuva Kala Bharati - Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, India

Nattiyamamani

Nattiyamamani - Chennai, India

Natya Arasi

Natya Arasi - Tuticorin, India

Singar Mani

Singar Mani - Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, India

M.G.R Award for Excellence

M.G.R Award for Excellence - Music Academy, Chennai, India

A grade in Doordarshan

Doordarshan, Indian Television - A grade

M.A in Theatre Arts

M.A in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University

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