Nirupama Rajendra

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Nirupama & Rajendra (ನಿರುಪಮ, ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ) Kannada
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Nirupama Rajendra Performing at Maha Maya Dance Festival, Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bengaluru in 2013
Born Bengaluru Karnataka, India
Occupation Dancers & Artistic Directors of Abhinava Dance Company
Dances Bharathanatyam, Kathak

Nirupama and Rajendra (ನಿರುಪಮ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ) are noted Indian Classical Dancers in the Bharathanatyam and Kathak dance forms. They are from Bengaluru, Karnataka.[1][2][3]

Life and work[edit]

Nirupama and Rajendra own Abhinava dance company, where they teach Bharathanatyam and Kathak and work to spread traditional classical dance forms.[4][5] They have choreographed and produced dance works and have travelled performing in several cities in USA, Canada and Europe.[6][7][8][9][10][11] They have worked in dance for over 20 years. They hold the rating of "A TOP," the highest artists rating on Indian national television.[12][13]

Performances and reviews[edit]

Nirupama Rajendra OJAS Performance in Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bengaluru in the year 2013

In 2010, Abhinava gave a performance with the name "Ojas," a Sanskrit word meaning "vigor." It was hosted by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai and Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore. As reported in The Hindu, the two-hour show unconventionally presented Kathak dance as a well-produced performance with slick choreography.[14] As a part of The Joy Giving Week, they performed at SAP Labs, Bangalore for a social cause.[15] They have given Kathak performances at Bhagavatam festival and at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Chennai.[16][17]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

In 1998, Nirupama was titled Natya Mayuri and Rajendra Natya Mayura by the Govt. of Karnataka for their dance excellence.[18] In 2011, the duo was awarded Karnataka Kalashree Award, a Karnataka State Government Award for their contribution to Indian traditional dance forms.[19] In 2013, Nirupama Rajendra were honoured for their contributions at Maha Maya, a dance festival organized as a tribute to dancer US Krishna Rao in Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore.[20]


  1. ^ "About Nirupama Rajendra". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ "CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS-About Dancers Nirupama and Rajendra". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Two Classicists in Perfect Company". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Rajendra and Nirupama at their dance studio". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Abhinava Dance Company in Bangalore". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Nirupama and Rajendra give Indian dance performance in Florida, USA". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  7. ^ "Poetry In Motion: Nirupama & Rajendra Performance in Boston, USA". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  8. ^ "Performance for Navika 2013-2nd Kannada Summit in Boston, USA". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  9. ^ "International Performances". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  10. ^ "Dance at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, England". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  11. ^ "Nirupama Rajendra show in Canada". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  12. ^ "A TOP Rating" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  13. ^ "Rating held by the artists". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  14. ^ "Feast for the eyes, Ojas-Kathak Performance Review". Archived from the original on 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  15. ^ "Dance for a Cause". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  16. ^ "Performance by Nirupama Rajendra & Abhinava at Bhagavatam festival". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  17. ^ "Nirupama rajendra Dance performance in Vidya Bhavan, Chennai". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  18. ^ "Titled Natya Mayuri & Natya Mayura". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  19. ^ "Kalashree Award Winners Nirupama Rajendrs". Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  20. ^ "Award for the dancing duo Nirupama Rajendra at Maha Maya". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 

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