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 abhinaya exponent Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. 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. Vidhya is artistic director of Lasya Dance Company (www.lasya.org). She has choreographed and directed several full-length and short ensemble and solo pieces and expanded the outreach of Bharatanatyam through collaborations with artists representing other styles of dance. Several of her disciples have done their arangetrams. Vidhya's artistic talents have extended to acting as well and she has done 3 stage plays and a short film. She holds an MA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University.
Accolades: 'Nadanamamani' - Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai; 'Yuva Kala Bharati' - Bharat Kalachar, Chennai; 'Nattiyamamani' - Chennai; 'Natya Arasi' - Tuticorin; 'Singar Mani' - Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay; 'M.G.R. Award for Excellence' - Music Academy, Chennai; Best Dancer, Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai; Doordarshan, Indian National Television - A grade.
"The ingenious combination of movements that cut through the performing space with a modern feel mingled with graceful ones that flashed on the Vazhuvoor style and pwered the recital with life." - The Hindu National Daily
"Strong lines coupled with grace are Vidhya's strong point." - The Hindu National Daily
"Vidhya Subramanian, an expert in the Bharata Natyam style, has eyes that speak volumes. She mesmerized an audience on Sunday at Santa Clara's Mayer Theatre with her mutable facial expressions." - San Jose Mercury News, California
"It seemed as if an Apsara (celestial dancer) had descended from the heavens and brought down with her the magnificence of Bharatanatyam from the gods to the delight of the humans." - Nation, Nairobi
"Subramanian becomes an image of athletic, energetic and decidedly modern womanhood." - Rita Feliciano, SFO Bay Guardian
"Evidence of the cumulative resources and commitment to the ideals of high aesthetics, was aplenty in the beautiful Bharatanatyam recital by Vidhya. Her dance was a powerful and sustained love-[act between the dancer and her material." - Indian Express
For more information: www.vidhyasubramanian.com
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