C. V. Chandrasekhar

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C.V. Chandrasekhar
Born (1935-05-22) May 22, 1935 (age 79)
Occupation dancer, academician, choreographer
Years active 1947–present [1]
Dances Bharatanatyam

C. V. Chandrasekhar (born May 22, 1935) is one of India's senior most Bharatanatyam dancers, academician, dance scholar, composer, and choreographer. He retired as Head of the Faculty of Performing Arts of M.S. University, Baroda in 1992.[2] Professor Chandrashekhar and wife Jaya Chandrasekhar are one of the best known dancing couples of Bharata Natyam in India, during the 1970s and ’80s, they performed with their daughters Chitra and Manjari.[1] He now runs his own dance institution, Nrityashree, in Chennai.[3]

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatnatyam in 1993, by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama,[4] and received the Kalidas Samman in 2008.[5][6] In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Early life and training[edit]

He did his M. Sc., and thereafter received a Post graduate diploma (Bharatanatyam),[2] after he trained at the internationally renowned Kalakshetra in Chennai, under the mentorship of Rukmini Devi Arundale, Karaikkal Saradambal, K.N. Dandaydhapani Pillai and others. He has received training classical music under teachers like Budulur Krishnamurthy Sastrigal and M.D. Ramanathan.[1]


Chandrasekhar started his dancing career in 1947, when there were few male dancers.[1] He served at the Banaras Hindu University and later joined M.S. University of Baroda, where he retired as the Head and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts in 1992. c.V. Chandrasekhar is a multi-faceted personality being a dancer, choreographer, researcher, musician, academician, composer and highly acclaimed teacher of Bharatanatyam.

He has been performing for the past six decades in India and all over the globe and is invited by many dancers the world over to teach and to choreograph. A much revered dancer in his seventies, his presentation of Bharatanatyam technique is at its finest and continues to be an inspiration for all dancers. He continues to perform on stage well into his seventh decade.[7]


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