Chitra Visweswaran  is a Bharatnatyam dancer. She learned dance from her mother Rukmini. Deeply entrenched in the old Tanjore tradition of Bharathanatyam, Chitra Visweswaran’s association with dance began at a very early age.

Chitra Visweswaran shares a few words of response on receiving the Natya Kala Acharya award by Music Academy:

“It is a source of great encouragement to the dance community that, over the last two years, an exclusive award, Natya  Kala Acharya, has been instituted, by Music Academy, for dance. Over the past few years,  senior dance Gurus have received honours from the Music Academy under the Sangeetha Kala Acharya category; but given the richness and global reach of Indian dance, it is but befitting, that an institution, as significant as the Music Academy, should give it the deserved recognition in the form of an exclusive award.

I deem it a great honour to have been selected for the Natya Kala Acharya award by the Music Academy, yet am humbled, when I think of the contribution of those in the field, who have been honoured by the Music Academy, before me. Each award brings with it added responsibility to the awardee in the chosen field; all the more so when it is an ‘acharya’ award, for it implies continued and invigorated commitment to the dissemination and transference of holistic knowledge and experience to following generations. I hope, that with the blessings of my Guru Mathaji Vithamma, my revered teachers of dance and music, my parents and Sri. Visweswaran, my partner in life and art, I will live up to the trust placed in me.”