Singapore's bharatanatyam danseuse Aarti Chidambaram is presenting Ritu Bhava on the evening of May 31 at GIIS Auditorium, Balestier campus, along with her students. She speaks to tabla! about her dance journey and the show.
On her dance lineage and background
I am lucky to have been able to learn bharatanatyam continuously for over two decades since the age of five. And also get the opportunity to imbibe the best from three of the best-known bharatanatyam styles in India.
After debuting in the Dandayudhapani Pillai Bani under Guru Kalyani Shekhar (niece and direct disciple of Padma Shri K.N. Dandayudhapani Pillai), I had the privilege of being trained for several years by noted danseuse Guru Kanaka Srinivasan, the foremost exponent of the Vazhavoor school and a direct disciple of Vazhavoor Sri Ramaiah Pillai.
I was also fortunate to learn from celebrity-dancer Padma Bhushan Yamini Krishnamurthy. And then pick up the finer points of the kalakshetra style from Guru V. Krishnamoorthy.
On the dance journey since
With my gurus' blessings, I became the youngest dancer at 11 to represent India at a classical dance festival in Barcelona, Spain, and bag the prestigious CCRT dance scholarship of the government of India. Since then I've had a number of performances to my credit in India and overseas.