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Experienced and noted artiste of Bharatanatyam, teacher, researcher and social worker, Dr. Padmaja has been trained by prominent Gurus, her mentor being the stalwart Guru K.Kalyanasundaram. She holds degrees in Commerce, Law, Diploma in choreography, a Masters in Philosophy and a doctorate from Mysore University. She has performed at major dance festivals throughout the country and major organizations at several cities and towns, among others the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Raj Bhavans. Critics of repute have giving highly laudatory reviews on her dancing skills and creativity. The ICCR had delegated Padmaja on concert tours as cultural ambassador besides which, she has performed and given workshops and lecture demonstrations at over 30 nations.

 

Daughter of Late Chakyar Koothu Sri K. K. Rajan , her institution Aatmalaya imparts training in classical dance and music and has a charitable wing Kalachaitanya for propagating arts for lesser privileged and rural children. She serves in panel of examiners at State academy dance scholarships, External Guide and examiner at Jain University, Bangalore, for M.A , MPhil and Phd in Departments of social sciences and humanities, Panel of examiners at CCRT dance Scholarships scheme and has contributed modules for UGC Pathshala dance higher education project. She writes and presents papers at major international conferences, including multi-disciplinary and World Sanskrit conferences. Deeply spiritual and intellectual, her books Tantra the Science and Natya the Art- two faceted Reality and The Liberating dance Natya Tantra , have been well appreciated for the esoteric study of dance. She presents a dance serial, curated by her, Natya Tantra on Tv.

Why Dance

Dance practice ; of the fine performing classical dance of Bharatanatyam, helps one to be tuned with the inner repository of peace and prosperity. It is a kind of meditation that brings good health and harmonious thoughts as all emtional states find expression through it. The innate levels of consciousness not visible to external surrounding and not even known to exist within us, find awakening with such dances both for the artiste and audience alike. To me personally, it has lead to the discovery of the highest realization of the Self while dancing and ofcourse, I try my best to bring that trance like feeling often in daily living too, so that I can practice detachment, yet experience joy in everything that I do or witness being done'.

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Stage is set for the sparkling dance of the darkest night

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By nageshjs

/ February 14, 2018

Stage is set for the sparkling dance of the darkest night

Infinite is the rhythmic beat in timeless vibration appearing as a finite measure with syllables as ‘Aum’. As the unheard manifests into the heard spheres, these syllables expand into words, sentences and languages. This bursting forth of conscious energy consisting of sound and light is the dance of Shiva captured in the image of Nataraja.… Read More

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By nageshjs

/ January 3, 2018

Indians should rise and fight the forces which disrupt the country’s spiritual sovereignty

Aakaashaatpatitam Toyam, Yathaa Gacchati Saagaram, Sarva Deva Namaskaaram Eshwaramprati Gacchati. All the way to the ‘whole’ and not to any individual ego is the pranaama or prostration to the deity/ies … Read More

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By nageshjs

/ January 2, 2018

Pinnacle of Bliss: on Lord Nataraja’s cosmic dance

The form of Nataraja — the supreme dancer — has been hailed as the highest concept of art

Angikam bhuvanam yasya

Vachikam sarva vangmayam

Aharyam chandra taradi

Tam namah satvikam Sivam.… Read More

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