Born in 1950 in Tiruchirapalli Shrimati Chitra Visweswaran learnt Bharatanatyam from T.A.Rajalakshmi and Vazhuvoor B Ramaiya Pillai. She also trained in other forms of classical dance as well as Carnatic music and Rabindra sangeet. One of the noted Bharata- natyam dancers today Shrimati Chitra Visweswaran has performed widely at home and abroad. She combines in her dance elements of the Tanjavur and Vazhuvoor styles of Bharatanatyam. As a choreo- grapher she has several original works, including dance-drama, to her credit. She is also a dedicated Bharatanatyam teacher with several young students of promise. Shrimati Visweswaran is the recipient of various honours including the Nrityachoodamani title conferred in 1980. For her eminence in dance and her contribution to its enrichment Shrimati Chitra Visweswaran receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatanatyam.