Urmila Sathyanarayanan

Urmila Sathyanarayanan born in 1966, had her initial training under guru Padmashri K.N.Dandayauthapani Pillai and was later groomed by Guru Kalaimamani Smt. K.J. Sarasa. She sought special guidance in Abinaya from Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. Urmila has a University degree in Arts. She founded the institution, “Natya sankalpaa in the year 1996 and over the years, Several arangetrams and group presentations have been conducted at home and abroad. She is recipient of “Kalaimamani” in 1997 by the Tamil Nadu State Government and has won several other titles and awards by various prestigious institutions in the field. The Government of India awarded her scholarship and later a grant for the production of "Bharathi's Dream of An Independent India". An “A” Grade artist of the Doordarshan Kendra, Urmila is also in the list of Bharathanatyam artists empanelled by the I.C.C.R., New Delhi. Urmila has danced extensively in India and abroad. Her performances abroad include Festival of India' Edinburgh – 1999, Toured Europe extensively, presenting programs in France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Norway and England – 1999 & 2000, the United States of America in 2003, Performed in Canada (2002), Malaysia (2000 & 2001), Sri Lanka (2002)., Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands, 1999-2000, Tamiz Sangam, Middle East 2003, Dance India Taste India Festival, Perth (2002) She also has performed thematic presentations. Some of them include Panchali Sapatham – Musical Score by Lalgudi G Jayraman, Woman – ‘Past, Present, Future’ – highlighting the status of the Indian Woman of the past, present & in the future, Programs based solely on the compositions of Thyagaraja, Annamacharya, Swati Thirunal etc.

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