Muralidaran & Smt.Chithra Muralidaran a
couple of diverse talents in fields such as
Dance, choreography, Music and composing
have made an indelible impression in their
profession. Muralidaran started learning
Bharatha Natyam at the tender age of seven
and five under Guru.
Kalaimamani.Chamundeeswari, (who is a well
known dancer and dance teacher and the
senior disciple of Padmashree.
Dandayudapani Pillai and her mother Smt.
Samanthakamani Palaniandy. Mrs.Chithra
Muralidaran started learning Bharatha Natyam
at the tender age of five under Guru.
Kalaimamani. Ranganayaki Jayaram.
Fifteen years of ardous training have
moulded the couple to attain their present
They are now professional Bharatha Natyam
Dancers and Dance Gurus running Dance School
"Nrithyakshethra" at Anna Nagar,
Purasaiwakkam, and T.Nagar, situated in
They have groomed a number of artistes
and have so far completed more than 95
Arangetrams. Both of them have given several
performances in many countries such as USA,
Canada, Australia, South Africa, Singapore,
Malaysia and Srilanka etc.,
Notable among Muralidaran's achievements
are his mastery over "Nattuvangam" at the
age of fifteen and his composition of
Pushpanjalis, Alarippus, Jathiswarams,
Mallaris, Varnams, Thillanas in allthe 35
Tala, which is unprecedented in the field of
Bharatha Natyam. Muralidharan was working in
the Tamil Music College as Dance Professor.
The couple are noted for their skill in
Choreography and presentations of several
dance balletes like Ramayanam, Nammalwar,
Thulukka Nachiyar, Silapathigaram,
Thirumangai Alwar, Navarasa Shiva Shakthi,
Kuraloviyam, Pranavam, Anarkali etc.,
Murali and Chithra were awarded I - Prize
in an All India Dance Competition for as
many as 4 years. Their talents have been
acknowledged by Doordarshan which has
recognized them as grade Artistes. In
keeping with the present day trend,
Muralidaran has composed and released more
than 75 volumes of audio CD's under the
titles of "Nrithyopasana" and "Salangai
They have also released a CD-ROM on
"Bharathanatyam - Essence and essentials" in
association with Swathi Soft Solutions.
Muralidaran is one of the board members of
Dr. Alagappa University for Bharatha Natyam
online degree course. At present the couple
are training nearly 200 students and are
this divine art all over the world.