I present to you, Sir, Smt.
Smt. Balasaraswati comes of a long line of renowned hereditary performers of classical music and dance. Her mother Jayammal, was a musician in her own right and her grandmother was the celebrated Veena Dhanammal. Smt. Balasaraswati received training in Bharata Natyam from Kandappa Piliai.
Born in 1918, Smt. Balasaraswati has put in over 50 years of memorable work as a professional dancer of Bharata Natyam. She has earned the highest acclaim for her art, particularly for the soulful intensity of her Abhinaya rendering. She has the additional qualification of being as felicitous a singer as she is a dancer.
Smt. Balasaraswati has performed very extensively, both in India and abroad. She has participated in several cultural events of international importance, such as the East- West Encounter at Tokyo, in 1961, and the Edinburgh Music Festival, in 1963. From 1962 she is having regular teaching assignments in the United States. All this, of course, is apart from the responsibility she shoulders as the Director of her Classical Bharata Natyam School, in Madras.
Smt. Balasaraswati is the recipient of a chain of honours and awards. These include the Sangita Kalanidhi of the Music Academy, Madras, the Isai Perarignyar of the Tamil Isai Sangam, Madras, the Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
For her eminence in the field of Dance and her contribution to its enrichment, Smt. T. Balasaraswati has been elected Fellow of the Akademi.