I present to you, Sir, Smt. Kamala. Born in 1933 in Mayuram, Tanjore District, Smt. Kamala took to dancing at a very early age and has continued to perform for nearly three decades now. She received her training in Bharatanatyam from Shri Vazhuvoor Ramaiyya Pillai. Smt. Kamala has performed all over India and in several countries abroad. She was the member of a Cultural Delegation to the Far East in 1958. She has also choreographed dance- dramas which have been staged extensively. She has received titles and honours for her achievement in dance from various associations and orga- nisations. The State Sangeeta Nataka Sangam honoured her with the title ‘Kala Sikhamani’. She runs her own school for training in Bharatanatyam in Madras. For her eminence in the field of dance and her contribution to its development, Smt. Kamala receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharata- natyam.