Urmila Sathyanarayana

General Profile of Urmila Sathyanarayana  -   Bharathanatyam

Urmila Sathyanarayana was born on August 14, 1960. She is an Indian classical dancer of bharatanatyam. Urmila Satyanarayna has been trained under the guidance of eminent gurus ‘Padmashri’ K.N. Dandayauthapani Pillai, Kalaimamani K.J. Sarasa and Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. She is primarily known for her Arramandi.

Urmila has been a student of Bharatnatyam since the age of 5 and did her arrangetram at the age of 10. She has performed in venues at the national and international level, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Kalaimamani award of the state of Tamil Nadu. Urmila started NATYA SANKALPA in the year 1996, at Kilpauk,Chennai.

The institution emphasises on the knowledge of the theory of dance, carnatic music and yoga in the formation of a Bharatnatyam artist. Among the staff are talented artists such as Kalidasan Suresh a renowned choreographer, and one of the few artists who can both wield the cymbals and provide vocal support simultaneously for a bharatanatyam recital.

Worship of the sun, or Sowram, is one of the paths set out by Adi Sankara for self realisation and Sowram was the theme of Urmila Satyanarayana’s performance. She is among the most inspired and dedicated Bharathanatyam exponents of her times with dancing experience of over three decades. Nimble move¬ments and the pristine purity of her expressions, helped by her intrinsic charisma and irrepressible cheerfulness, create spellbinding magic, holding the watcher in thrall.

Her dedication to dance is total and Bharathanatyam is richer by her experience, expertise and most importantly devotion. Since her debut in 1976, Urmila has presented dozens of recitals in India and abroad and earned excellent reviews from eminent critics. She has danced in practically every dance festival in India.

She has toured Europe and USA extensively and participated in the ‘Festival of India’ at Edinburgh. Titles and awards apart, her dedication to the art is total. Bharathanatyam is richer by her experience, expertise and most importantly devotion. Restless with her achievements in the field Urmila soon founded her own institution, the “Natya Sankalpaa” and is actively engaged in imparting training to aspiring students.

Awards & Titles

• 2009 - Best Natyacharya Award - Indian Fine Arts Society

• 2006 - Chennai Television Viewers Award - Chennai Television Viewers Association

• 2005 - Padma Sadhana Award - Padma Sarangapani Cultural Academy

• 2003 - Vani Kala Sudhakara - Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha

• 2003 - National Eminence Award - Shanmukhananda Sabha Mumbai

• 2003 - Nitya Gandharva Jothi - Shantananda Swami, Kasi

• 2002 - Natya Ilavarasi - Tamiz Sangam, Toronto

• 2001 - Nritya Choodamani - The Sri Krishna Gana Sabha

• 1998 - 'Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Kiran Puraskar - Governor of Maharastra

• 1997 – Kalaimamani - Tamil Nadu State Government

• 1996 – Nadanamamani - Karthik Fine Arts

• 1995 - Yuva Kala Bushani - Shankarabharanam Trust

• 1993 - Yuva Kala Bharati - Bharath Kalachar

• 1992 - MGR Award - Madras Music Academy

• 1991 - 1st Prize - Dance Competition - Indian Fine Arts Society

• 1990 - Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari Award - Narada Gana Sabha