INDIRA RAJAN - A multifaceted laya expert
Indira Rajan, a multifaceted, illustrious exponent of Bharatanatyam, hails from a traditional family of dancers and musicians, steeped in the musical and dance lineage of Karaikal. While her grandmother was a renowned Sadir artist, Indira’s mother Sundarakamakshi was a well-known Carnatic vocalist. Indira was born in 1943, and started learning Bharatanatyam as a child from Kutralam Ganesa Pillai. She made her debut when she was barely nine. Moving to Madras in 1955, she honed her dancing skills with Tirugokarnam Kalyanasundaram. From then on she ventured into her artistic career as a performer for a few decades, before establishing herself as a teacher of repute.
Indira was selected to perform in the northern and eastern states of India under cultural exchange programmes of the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram. She performed extensively at Chennai, in major festivals in India and toured several countries. She performed at important State functions and in the presence of dignitaries. Apart from composing solo dances, she choreographed dance-dramas on varied themes. Muruga Saranam, Sakti Darisanam, and Kutrala Kuravanji are some of her well known productions. She has also choreographed dances for films. As a teacher-choreographer, Indira has composed many thematic productions for special occasions and for several leading artists. Her dance composition for some of the varnams of her longtime accompanist – mridangam artist Pandanallur Srinivasa Pillai – are quite popular among dancers.
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