Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India
A graduate in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Mysore, her accomplished gurus in the field of Bharatanatyam include KP Kittappa Pillai, US Krishna Rao and Mylapore Gowri Ammal. Her training in Carnatic music was under violin maestro, T Chowdiah and vaggeyakara, Vidwan Madurai N Krishnan.
She was the first Indian at the Randolph Macon's Women's College, Virginia, USA, in 1964-65. She was sponsored as an international student and majored in the World History of Dance, Studio arts and the Martha Graham technique in modern dance, which she learnt from Eleanor Struppa. She learnt western music from Elaine St. Vincent.
Shree Bharatalaya, an institution of fine arts founded in 1970, by Sudharani Raghupathy, grooms dancers who stand out as cultured individuals as well. Her institution has produced valuable resource material - Madura Margam (book containing dance compositions of Vidwan Madurai N Krishnan), Laghu Bharatham -Volumes I, II & III (Handbooks on Bharatanatyam) and 12 audio cassettes.
Sudharani has performed before the visiting dignitaries to India since 1956. To mention a few Bulganin and Krushchev, Shah of Iran, Emperor of Ethiopia, King of Afghanistan, Chou en Lai, Ho Chi Minh and many others, including a command performance for Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. She had the privilege of performing at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, on Human Rights Day in December 1981, on an invitation from the then Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim.
Awards and Recognition
A few of the prestigious awards conferred on her include Padma Shri (1988), Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award (1984), Kalaimamani (1981 - Tamil Nadu state award), Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani (1996 - Andhra Pradesh); Kalashree (1999 - Karnataka); Telugu Academy award among many others. She was the first recipient of the Natya Kala Sikamani title conferred by the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, and Natya Kala Sarathy title conferred by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Chennai, which were presented to her in January 2001 & 2002 respectively. Sri Lalitha Kala Academy, Mysore, honoured her with the award of Sri Lalitha Kala Ratna conferred on her by H.H. Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt, Udipi.
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