Source: The Hindu; Author: Anjana Rajan; Photo Courtesy: V. Sudershan

Padma Subrahmanyam epitomises the balancing act of performance and scholarly research. The veteran Bharatanatyam exponent and creator of Bharatanrityam — the dance form based on the evidence of treatises and the karana movements depicted in ancient Shiva sculptures — was in the Capital to perform as part of Natya Tarangini’s Parampara Festival. On October 2 she presents a new production in Chennai dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, as part of her institution Nrithyodaya’s 70th anniversary, and a few days later is expected back in Delhi to accept the title of Akademi Ratna (Fellow) from the Sangeet Natak Akademi. All this amidst other performances (in her 60th year on stage) and guiding her students in the practice and scholarship of dance.

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Padma Subrahmanyam. Photo: V. Sudershan