A celebrated artist-performer, teacher, choreographer, Geeta Chandran has
synthesised the knowledge she received from a galaxy of eminent gurus to imprint
Bharatanatyam with her personal vision of the dance. In her dance presentations
Geeta skilfully weaves abstract notions of joy, beauty, values, aspirations, myth and
Geeta Chandran is Founder-President of Natya-Vriksha and Artistic Director of the
Natya Vriksha Dance Company, known for the high aesthetic quality of its group
presentations that showcase Geeta’s métier as a visualiser par excellence.
Geeta Chandran is celebrated not only for her composite understanding of
Bharatanatyam, but also for her Carnatic music (she is a trained and accomplished
vocalist), her work in television, video and film, theatre, choreography, dance
education, dance activism and dance-issue journalism.
Geeta was awarded the prestigious– PADMA SHRI in 2007. She has also just been
conferred the equally national SANGEETA NATAK AKADEMI AWARD for
Bharatanatyam for 2016, and has also been made A TAGORE NATIONAL FELLOW
(2018-2022) by the Ministry of Culture.
About Sharanya Chandran
Young dancer SHARANYA CHANDRAN is daughter and disciple
of (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran. Sharanya has been passionately learning,
choreographing and performing Bharatanatyam for over 25 years.
As a solo artist and as a senior dancer of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company,
Sharanya has performed at prestigious festivals in India and abroad.
Sharanya is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations as a solo artist
and is also nationally graded by Doordarshan. She is a recipient of the Swami
Haridas Sangeet Kala Ratna Samman, The Yuva Natya Shiromani award, Parampara
Award and the Chitra Kala Sangam Award. Sharanya is an integral part of Natya Vriksha, an organization founded by her guru Smt Geeta Chandran, which aims preserving and promoting Indian dance and culture. At Natya Vriksha, Sharanya assists with teaching, and curating festivals, especially aimed at providing young dancers a platform to present their art. Sharanya is also trained in Nattuvangam & has assisted her guru & other performers on several occasions.
Sharanya balances her career as a dancer with her other pursuits. She completed her
Masters in Development Studies at the London School of Economics as an INLAKS
scholar and is concurrently pursuing a career as a senior policy professional at J-
PAL South Asia, a policy-research network aimed at reducing poverty across the
Glimpses from Padmashree Geeta Chandran’s performance (Photo courtesy Shri Sabaru Abhilash)