Kanaka Srinivasan

Born in 1947 in Chennai, Shrimati Kanaka Srinivasan was trained in Bharatanatyam by the renowned master Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai. She also received lessons in Kathak dance from Vishnu Vaichalkar and in Mohini- attam from Kalamandalam Gopalakrishnan. Shrimati Kanaka Srinivasan is widely known today as a representative of the Vazhuvoor bani of Bharatanatyam. She has been acclaimed as much for her graceful nritta as for her sensitive abhinaya. Together with Sanskrit and Tamil scholars, she has worked on ancient texts to create new dances in Bharata- natyam style, and has choreo- graphed dance-dramas based on the works of Kalidasa. Shrimati Kanaka is also highly regarded as a teacher of dance, and has trained many young dancers in her institution in Delhi. Among other honours, Shrimati Kanaka has received the title Nrityachoodamani from the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, and the MGR Award for best guru from the Music Academy of that city. The Parishad Samman of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi, was conferred on her in 1996. Shrimati Kanaka Srinivasan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contri- bution to Bharatanatyam.