Saroja Vaidyanathan Saroja Vaidyanathan

Saroja from a very tender age of seven years trained under the accomplished Guru Lalitha of Saraswati Gana Nilayam, She is the third generation(parampara)disciple of the famous Guru Kattumannar Muthukumaran Pillai. She has also undergone training in Carnatic music under Prof.P.Sambamoorthy at the Madras University. Saroja has been one of India's prominent Bharatanatyam exponents earning her fame as an intellegent and innovative choreographer. Her dance repertoire has revolved around subjects ranging from mythology to current social issues that have been widely acclaimed by the audience and the press. She has widely travelled within India as well as abroad performing and giving lecdems at various prestigious venues. She has also choreographed over a score of enthralling ballets based on mythology as well as social themes that have been appreciated and repeatedly sponsored.

Saroja receiving Padmashri from the president of India.As the Founder President, she established GANESA NATYALAYA, a leading fine arts institution in the capital in 1974, which has its own building based in South Delhi. This institution has churned out over hundred graduates who have performed their Arangetrams. Several disciples of her had been given scholarships from various departments for their ability. Besides, almost fifteen other art centres in various names are being run, the world over by her disciples. She is the recipient of several National and State awards and titles, name a few are "Padmashri" from Govt. of India " Delhi State Award" from Sahitya Kala Parishad of Delhi Govt. and "Kalaimamani" from Govt. of Tamil Nadu besides being honoured with titles and credits from various prestigious institutions. Saroja has delved deeper in this field by bringing out several books, "The Science of Bharatanatyam", released by the then Hon'ble Prime minister of India Smt.Indira Gandhi, was judged the best art book of the year, "Bharatanatyam -In Depth Study", released by the then Saroja in a performanceresident of India Shri S.D.Sharma, "Carnataka Sangeetham",released by Shri H.Y.Sharada Prasad, the then Principal Secretary of Prime Minister and also submitted a research paper "Encyclopaedia of Bharatantyam" to National Council for Research and Training(NCERT) and released cassettes set to the compositions of Subramanya Bharati.

For Saroja, dance is a means of expressing the inner quest for self realization. She aspires to use her dance as a medium to come closer to the supreme truth. While addressing several contemporary issues that all mankind, Saroja dreams of cutting across cultural barriers through art for spreading the message of harmony and peace. In this attempt, even in her actions she has contributed socially, through free education of dance to some deprived sections of the society and giving charity recitals for deserving causes like cancer, drugs, blind, women empowerment etc.

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