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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.
Articles Written and Published
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
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
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