Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular classical dance forms in India, with a large number of people around the world acclaiming the dancers who excel in this dance form. These artists reflect the culture of the country through this beautiful dance form.
Listed below are the top Bharatanatyam dancers in India ever:
1. Rukmini Devi
This great Bharatanatyam dancer was born in Madurai on 28th February, 1904. With a strong background in Indian culture, she started her career by giving lectures on Indian culture in Europe, where she went with her husband Dr George Arundale. Then she learned Russina Ballet and her teacher suggested her to learn Indian Classical Dance. Then she learnt it from Pandanallur Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Gauri Amma and Muthukumar. She became a revolutionary in the field of Bharatanatyam and established a training institute called Kalashetra.
2. Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai
Another popular Bharatanatyam dancer in India ever was Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, who was born on 22nd September, 1869. He received his training in the dance form from Kumaraswamy Nattuvanar and later went on to train Rukmini Devi in 1934. Some of his acclaimed students were Jeevaratnam, Pandanallur Jayalakshmi, Kandappa and his son Mutthaiah.
Balasaraswati, born in 1918, was considered as one of the best Bharatanatyam dancers in the country. She started showcasing her talent in this art form at the young age of seven years, when she did her Arangetram at kamakshi Amman Temple in Kancheepuram. She was also an acclaimed singer and achieved great fame and success on global platform too, with her performance at Edinburgh Festival.
4. Mrinalini Sarabhai
This great dancer learnt dance formally in Switzerland and started her Bharatanatyam training under Muthukumar Pillau when she came to India. Her other gurus were Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Ellapa Pillai and Chokalingam Pillai. She started a Bharatanatyam training institute called “Darpana” in 1948 and also choreographed some successful dance dramas.
5. Mallika Sarabhai
Another noted Bharatanatyam dancer in India is Mallika Sarabhai, who has additionally excelled as an actor, writer and publisher. Besides her excellence in the field of dance, she has participated actively in social work projects of the UN.