Jamuna Krishnan



Born on 12 March 1943 in New Delhi, Shrimati jamuna Krishnan received her training in Bharatanatyam from K.J. Govindarajan of the Thanjavur school and later from Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has received training in Carnatic music under S. Gopalakrishnan. She holds a Master's degree in economics, and has taught at the Indraprastha College for Women in Delhi for over twenty-five years.
Shrimati Jamuna Krishnan is well known today as a performer and teacher of Bharatanaryam, and is also an innovative choreographer in the dance form. The special focus of her work has been new choreography based on her reading of the bhakti poetty of North India, as also Tamil poetry old and new. This exploration began with her immersion in Vidyapati, whose poems she cast in Varnam format , and continued through her study of Surdas, Tulsidas, Meerabai and Kabir. She has also studied in Tamil the divyaprabandhnms of the A1wars, ancient Sangam literature, Manikkavachakar's Tiruvachakam, the Thirukkural, and Subramania Bharati's works creating choreographies in Bharatanatyarn. At her school of dance in Delhi, Kalangan, she has trained dancers from India and abroad. Shrimati Krishnan has conducted several workshops overseas, including three in a row on abhinaya, the Ramayana, and the Thirukkural (2002-4) at the Association de Recherche des Traditions de l'Acteur in France. She has presented papers on devot ional poetry at several forums. She is involved also in develo ping a pedagogy integrating the arts with general education, introduced experimentally in some schools in rural Haryana.
Shrimati Jamuna Krishnan has received honours for her work including the Parishad Samman conferred by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi (2003).
Shrimati Jamuna Krishnan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Bharatanatyam,