Vidyalatha has indeed blossomed into an accomplished dancer. As a Bharatnatyam soloist, she has performing all over India and also representing India in many other countries through ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). She is a Doordarshan 'A' grade artiste and an empanelled artiste in Kendriya Sadan, Bangalore.

 

Blessed with natural flair for the art, and relentless single-minded devotion, she has developed into her present status as an elite performing artist. Her abilities were recognized very early on and have been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, throughout her career. To name a few:

 

1) Aryabhata Award - Aryabhata Cultural Organisation.

2) Karnataka Rathnashree - Kuvempu Kalanekethan.

3) Padmashri Kalaratna - Padmshri Kala Sangha, Bangalore.

4) Kala Kusuma - Bangalore City Corporation.

 

She is a founder and director of Druva Performing Arts in India which was a non-profit cultural organization. After moving to United States of America, Vidya established "Smaran Performing Arts" a performing dance ensemble in 2011.

 

She has also established "Vidya Dance Academy" to teach Bharatanatyam art form in Bay Area, California. 

 

 

 

 

Bharata Natyam, the supreme art form which skillfully embodies the three primary ingredients of dance - Bhava, Raga, Thala - fascinated Vidyalatha at a tender age.

 

In her early age of six, she demonstrated keen interest and dedication coupled with sincerity and innate talent. She had her Rangapravesham under Guru Smt. Manjula Paramesh in Bangalore, Karnataka, India in the year 2004. With vigorous Traning under Guru Smt. Manjula Paramesh (Director - Sapthaswara Arts and Creations) she completed her Vidwat in Bharatnatyam conducted by Karnataka Secondary Education Board. Further Vidyalatha continued her training under a renowned Guru Late Smt. Narmada, disciple of Guru Kittapa Pillai(Tanjor, TamilNadu, India).

 

Vidya has also studied techniques in choreographing Indian Folk dances, Contemporary art form, basics of Kathak and Odissi art forms to enhance her choreography techniques. She has attended Karana workshop conducted by Guru Dr. Padma Subramanyam and Dance workshops from Guru Adyar Lakshman, Smt Indira Kadambi, Smt Veena Murthy Vijay and many more renowned Gurus. She has actively taken part in major dance productions directed by Smt. Usha Venkateshwaran, Sathya Narayanaraju, Smt. Veena Murthy Vijay, Dr. Sanjay Shantaram, Smt. Padma Hemanth, Smt Manjula Paramesh, Dr. Sonal Mansingh and worked with many more eminent Gurus.

 

 

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