The Guru

Guru Smt. Padmini Radhakrishnan is the Founder - Director of Soundarya Natya Kalalaya Foundation, Mumbai. It is an institution dedicated to teaching the art form of Bharatanatyam, a classical form of dance from South India, in it's purest form. Guru Smt. Padmini Radhakrishnan, an accomplished dancer herself, is a distinguished disciple of Guru Smt. Rajalakshmi Venkateshwar and descends the dance style of Padmashri Guru Late K.N Dandayudapani Pillai. She has been running this institution successfully for the past 40 years with several branches in and around Mumbai and in the United States. The institution has conducted over 3500 stage performances all over India, United States of America, Singapore, Malaysia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of China, Sultanate of Oman & Canada. She has to her credit over 200 stage performances. She has also performed for Doordarshan. Her students boast of over 400 performances in India, Malaysia, Middle East and USA. Well known as a multi-faceted personality, she is also a proficient singer and holds a diploma in Carnatic Music from the University Of Mumbai. Apart from being a gifted dancer and a choreographer, Guru Smt. Padmini Radhakrishnan also possesses the rare talent of singing and doing nattuvangam (verbal incantations of the rhythmical patterns of footwork) for all of her students’ performances.

Guru Smt. Padmini Radhakrishnan has several titles to her credit

  • Nritya Siksha Choodamani (Awarded by Padam in February 2001)
  • Nritya Kala Sagar (Awarded by Nateshwar Nritya Kala Mandir in June 2004)
  • Sudhandira Berigai (Awarded by Bharathi Kala Mantram in August 2004)
  • Samaj Shakti Award (Awarded by Hariharaputra Samaj in August 2005)
  • Shivali Nritya Shiromani (Awarded by Shivali Cultural Society in September 2005)
  • Bodhaga Kala Vipanchee (Awarded by Dr Balamuralikrishna in December 2005)
  • Natya Ratna (Awarded by Rasika Ranjani Sabha in March 2007)
  • Bharata Kalai Chudar (Awarded by Pollachi Tamil Isai Sangam in July 2008)
  • Natya Ranjani (Awarded by Garodianagar Bhakta Sangh in December 2009)
  • Natana Kalai Maamani (Awarded by New York Tamil sangam in June 2011)
  • Nattiya Thilagam (Awarded by Shri Vari Foundation, New York in April 2012)
  • Woman Icon Award (Awarded by Krish Entertainment, Mumbai in March 2014)
  • New Jersey Naatya Kalanidhi-2015 (Awarded by Shri Krishna Vrundavana Temple, Edison, New Jersey in September 2015)

The students of “Soundarya Natya Kalalaya Foundation” have won several Titles, Awards and Scholarships in dance from various well-known institutions.

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