Vyjayantimala Bali

I present to you, Sir, Smt. Vyjayanthimala Bali. Born in a family of musicians, Vyjayanthimala Bali learnt Bharatanatyam from eminent traditions masters such as Vazhavur Ramaiyya Pillai, K.N. Dandhayudh Pani Pillai and Tanjavur Kittappa Pillai. She has given many recitals all over India and abroad at such prestigious institutions as the Sydney Opera House and at the United Nations on Human Rights Day. Smt. Vyjayanthimala Bali is well known as an actress in films which she left at the height of her career to devote herself to dance. She has been reviving many Kuravanji plays and has choreographed a number of dance dramas. She is the recipient of many awards and titles. The title of Padmashri was conferred on her in 1968. For her eminence in the field of dance and her contribution to its enrichment Smt. Vyjay- anthimala Bali receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatanatyam for 1982