Chandralekha | The enfant terrible of Bharatanatyam. She broke rules and showed that the dance form remained in the realm of the personal vision of powerful dancers. Her dance was not decorative or dictated by middle-class morals.
Balasaraswathy | In the history of the renaissance of Bharatanatyam, Balamma reigns. She claimed valuable space for the dance in the public imagination even while retaining her ‘dasi’ origins. She also brought international recognition to Bharatanatyam.
Yamini Krishnamurthy | She single-handedly reinforced the role of personality in dance. Cherished, applauded and celebrated, Yamini is the eternal star of Bharatanatyam. Who can rival her form and raw stage persona?
Kalanidhi Narayanan | She reiterated the power of delicate ‘abhinaya’ at a time when it was threatened by the overt. She is known for her unique approach, vast repertoire and research.
Malavika Sarukkai | Like Yamini before her, Malavika has brought to Bharatanatyam her personal vision of grace and athleticism. Her eclectic packaging and neo-aesthetics brought back audiences to Bharatanatyam.