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Srekala Bharath

General Profile of Srekala Bharath  -   Bharathanatyam

Srekala Bharath is a unique combination of dancer, choreographer and teacher par excellence. Srekala started dancing at the tender age of seven and danced her way into the hearts of the people with her vibrant style, agile footwork and subtle abhinaya. She has carved a niche for herself in the national and international dance arena as an exceptional artiste. Preserving the pristine traditional of bharatanatyam, Srekala has produced thematic presentations ranging from literary classics to the contemporary, which have been well-acclaimed by the media and connoisseurs. Srekala derives her inner strength from her total devotion, determination and dedication to this divine art form.

"Srekala Bharath brought the audience under her spell in her presentation of Bhakta Meera in beautiful dance narrative and her strength to sustain and live through the theme was extraordinary." Srekala Bharath wow's audience with Bharatnatyam recital… In terms of line and profile of movement, Srekala Bharath was flawless. Teermanam links were well-conceived and correctly rendered. Srekala Bharath gave an excellent account of herself. The varnam was presented in a reposeful manner and the jathis sparkled with wit and wisdom.

Her sunshine smile and breath-taking performance fully captured the audience's heart at the beginning of the show,and ended with a cheeering applause. Well-known Bharatanatyam exponent, Srikala Bharath has been thrilling local audiences with her accomplished repertoire. Srekala Bharath started Thejas, her dance school in October 1999.Her aim in starting this school was to perpetuate Bharatanatyam as a divine form.She started with four students and has now grown ten fold.This school operates out of the Russian Cultural Centre at Kasturi Rangan Road in Chennai.It has attracted students from tender age of four onwards.

Srekala is known for perfection and a no error finish.This is evident in her teaching style as well. A strict disciplinarian, combined with the affectionate teacher student rapport she has developed, are highlights of her class. She personally supervises sessions and imparts skills at both the beginner and the advanced levels. True to the name Thejas, her classes are high voltage and spirited enjoyed by her students. Since 1979 she has been performing and conducting dance workshops in India & Abroad. Some of her notable solo and ballet thematic presentations are Kodhai Potriya Kannan, Swati Smriti, Annamayya Bhakti Manjari and Tyagaraja Vaibhavam.

She got married to Bharat. Her mother-in-law is an artiste (vocalist). Thejas is the name of their home. Srekala Bharath, student of guru K.J.Sarasa, is an exponent of the vibrant Vazhuvoor style of Bharatanatyam. She completed her graduation in B.A economics. She also finished her diploma in Travel and Tourism.

 
 
Awards & Titles

A-grade     Doordarshan, New Delhi.

Panel Artiste     Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR),New Delhi.

Senior Fellowship     Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Kalaimamani     Tamilnadu State Award.

Nadanamamani     Karthik Fine Arts.

Bharatha Rathnam     Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka.

Shiva Shakti Natya Chintamani     Omkar Ashram, Pondicherry.

Inspiring Indian     Ashram Institution, Chennai.

Swayam Prakasha Narthaki     Sarasalaya, Chennai.

Yuva Kala Bharati     Bharat Kalachar, Chennai.

Natya Illavarasi     Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha,New Delhi.

Nrithya Kala Siromani     Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai.

Probus Award of Excellence     Probus Club, Chennai.

Natya Selvam     Muthamizh Peravai, Chennai.

Spirit of Bravery and Fortitude     Tanker Foundation, Chennai.

Vani Kala Sudhakara     Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai.

Bala Saraswathi Award of Excellence.    

Sri Ragam Fine Arts, Chennai A-grade     Doordarshan, New Delhi.

Panel Artiste     Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR),New Delhi.

Senior Fellowship     Govt. of India, New Delhi.

Kalaimamani     Tamilnadu State Award.

Nadanamamani     Karthik Fine Arts.

Bharatha Rathnam     Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka.

Shiva Shakti Natya Chintamani     Omkar Ashram, Pondicherry.

Inspiring Indian     Ashram Institution, Chennai.

Swayam Prakasha Narthaki     Sarasalaya, Chennai.

Yuva Kala Bharati     Bharat Kalachar, Chennai.

Natya Illavarasi     Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha,New Delhi.

Nrithya Kala Siromani     Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai.

Probus Award of Excellence     Probus Club, Chennai.

Natya Selvam     Muthamizh Peravai, Chennai.

Spirit of Bravery and Fortitude     Tanker Foundation, Chennai.

Vani Kala Sudhakara     Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai.

Bala Saraswathi Award of Excellence     Sri Ragam Fine Arts, Chennai.