Performers, choreographers, scholars, Shridhar and Anuradha, have emerged as dancers par excellence in Bharatanatyam today. A fine blend of classical rigor, and technical virtuosity characterizes their dance.

Shridhar and Anuradha received their initial training in Bharatanatyam from Guru Smt. Radha Sridhar of Bengaluru. They were later trained in the Kalakshetra style  by Guru Sri. M.R. Krishnamurthy.The couple were later nurtured by Guru Smt.Krishnaveni Lakshmanan of Kalakshetra. Anuradha graduated with distinction from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai in the year 1993.

 

Shridhar was also fortunate to have received training from Guru Smt.Narmada, Guru Smt.Bhanumati and Guru Smt.Vasanta Vedam (Kalakshetra).He also received special training in Kuchipudi from Guru Sri C.R.Acharyulu of Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad. Shridhar was adjudged as the 'Best dancer' in the state level dance competition conducted by the Karnataka Sangita Nritya Academy in the year 1982. Shridhar has a degree in Engineering.

 

After their marriage in the year 1991 Shridhar & Anuradha started performing together as a duo. The couple have individuated themselves by a passion for perfection, vibrant nritta and a sophisticated sense of abhinayam. The poise with which they express emotional states ranging from highly spirited to profoundly introspective has been highly appreciated. An intelligent involvement with the art and fierce dedication has placed them among the foremost dancers in the country today.

 

Shridhars' have performed for  most of the prestigious sabhas in India like the Madras Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Karthik Fine Arts, Bharat Kalachar- all in Chennai, Sangeeth Natak Academy (Delhi), the Rajbhavan, ICCR, IISc Bangalore and in festivals like Kinkini, Nitya Nritya, Hampi, Pattadakal, Dharani, Thaalam etc,

Shridhars' have received high accolades for their performances in USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Singapore, Kenya, and the Gulf countries.

DVD on Bharatanatyam

Shridhars' are highly acclaimed for their scholarship & didactic knowledge. They have conceptualized and directed an educational work on the appreciation of Bharatanatyam titled "RASASWADA" in the form of a DVD produced by the Karnataka Sangita Nritya Academy.

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Rajyotsava Award  from the Govt of Karnataka in recognition of Shridhar's  meritorious  work  in the field of classical dance.

Karnataka Kalasri Award form Karnataka Sangita Nritya Academy, Govt of Karnataka-(2007)

U.S.Krishnarao & Chandrabhagadevi award from Ashish Khokarís "Attendance" (2012) Shridhar and Auradha are the first dance couple to have received this award.

Senior Dancerís Award from Narada Gana Sabha,Chennai-(2009) Shridhar & Anuradha are the first and only recipients of this award from Karnataka.

Rukmini Devi Endowment Prize for the best performance in the Pongal Dance festival from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai(2008)

Yuva Kalabharathy from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai (2001)

Karnataka Chetana from Karnataka Patrakartara Parishat-(2000)

Nrutyakalabhushana from Aryabhatta Cultural Organization(1996)

Z-Essel Culture Award from Z-Kannada Tele Channel-(2007)

E-TV & Big FM Award in the field of Dance(2011)

Hamsaratna Award from Hamsajyothy Organization (2011)

Sagar Award from Dayanand Sagar Prashtana & Rangasri Kala Samsthe (2011)

Ugadi Puraskar from Sri Shankara channel- (2012)

Parimala Prasasti from Parimala Geleyara Balaga,Bengaluru (2012)

Best Actor Award (Shridhar) for Shridhar's performance as the Saint Poet Shariefa in the Kannada film "Santa Shishunala Shariefa" (1989-90)

 

 

TEACHING

To pass on the rich legacy,they have received from great gurus,Dr.Shridhar and Anuradha have established Khechara Academy of Bharatanatyam in the year 1994. Here they train disciples in the achievement of true classical excellence.The Couple have dedicated their lives for the preservation and propagation of Bharatanatyam as well as the rich cultural heritage of Bharat.

            

 

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