Padma Subrahmanyam

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Padma Subrahmanyam
Padma Subrahmanyam DS.jpg
Born Padma Subrahmanyam
4 February 1943 (1943-02-04) (age 74)
Madras presidency, British India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Dancer, Choreographer, Music composer, Musician, Teacher and Author
Known for Bharatanatyam
Awards Padma Shri(1981)
Padma Bhushan(2003)

Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam (born 4 February 1943, in Madras), is an Indian classical Bharata Natyam dancer. She is also a research scholar, choreographer, music composer, musician, teacher and author. She is famous in India as well as abroad: several films and documentaries have been made in her honor by countries like Japan, Australia and Russia. She is well known as the developer and founder of the dance form Bharata Nrithyam. She is a devotee of the Paramacharya of Kanchi.[1][2][3]


Padma Subrahmanyam was born to Director Subrahmanyam and Meenakshi Subrahmanyam on 4 February 1943 in Madras (now Chennai). Her father was a famous Indian filmmaker and her mother, Meenakshi was a music composer, and a lyricist in Tamil and Sanskrit. She was trained by Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiah Pillai.[4][5][6]

Guru Padma Subramanyam in Bhagavath Geetha presenatation - Photographer Hari Krishnan

Padma has a bachelor's degree in Music, a Master's degree in Ethnomusicology, as well as a Ph.D. in Dance. She has authored many articles, research papers, and books and has served as a non-official member of the Indo-Sub-commission for education and culture. She has designed the sculptures of the 108 sculptures of lord nataraja and goddess parvathi in black granite for the nataraja temple at satara , an undertaking she took on bidding by the Kanchi Paramacharya . She has given lectures at various universities in south east Asia, on the subject of cultural links between India and other countries.[7][8]


Dr. Padma has received many awards and honors to her credit including Padma Shri in 1981, Padma Bhushan in 2003, which are among the highest civilian awards of India. During her dancing career, she has received several awards, including:[9][10]


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