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Directors and Teachers – Chidambaram R. Suresh & Shobana Suresh
Chidambaram R Suresh & Shobana Suresh are life partners and dancers who are both married to each other and to their mode of artform Bharathanatyam. They are the students of the prestigious and well recognised dancer of India Prof CV Chandrasekhar from Chennai and today Sydney is blessed to have them at our shores.
Suresh was initiated into Bharathanatyam in 2001, under the guidance of Smt. Uma Anand (daughter and disciple of K.N. Dhandayuthapani Pillai, and lecturer in Bharathanatyam at the Annamalai University, Chidambaram). Suresh holds a Diploma in Bharathanatyam (‘Natyakalaimani’), a Diploma in Nattuvangam (‘Nattuvangakalaimani’) and a Bachelors degree in Dance at Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Within a short period of time, Suresh established himself as a dancer, teacher and an excellent choreographer. Along with dancing at the Natyanjali Festivals, he has also choreographed and presented many shows with his students in Chidambaram, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur.
Suresh later trained in the Kalakshetra style under Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar in Chennai. Within a few years Suresh had not only become a prominent dancer, but also an excellent Nattuvangist, accompanying many well known dancers on the Nattuvangam, including Kalaimamani Srekala Bharath, Smt. Nandini Ramani, Sushma Ranganathan and Aniruddha Knight (Grandson of the legendary dancer Balasaraswathy). During the December season concerts, Suresh received commendable reviews for his excellent sense of rhythm, crisp nattuvangam and his powerful execution of the jathis. He was granted a scholarship in Nattuvangam by The Sangeet Natak Academy, of the Central Government of India. He further demonstrated his rhythmic talents as a self-taught mridangist and morsing player, performing in various vocal and dance concerts, including the Art of Living, Silver Jubilee Celebrations held in Bangalore.
Shobana endeavoured into dancing at the age of five under Smt. Sivananthy Haridharshan in Sri Lanka. She continued learning Bharathanatyam in Australia under the tutelage of Smt Dhamayanthi Balaraju and Smt Jayalakshmi Kandiah. In 2004, she performed her debut recital (Arangetram) before seeking professional dance training in India. In Chennai, Shobana trained in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar and Smt. Jaya Chandrasekhar, while obtaining her Bachelor of Dance degree from Annamalai Unviersity in Chidambaram.
Shobana has rendered many solo and group performances all over India, Sri Lanka and Australia. While her reputation grew as a solo dancer she also worked in many popular dance companies in Chennai, including The Anusham Dance Group. She also performed as a freelance dancer for productions done by Kalaimamani Srekala Bharath, including “Abhirami Arul.”
Shobana and Suresh have together put on 50 shows with the Anusham Dance Company within a year, including various corporate events in Chennai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Erode, Kodaikanal, Kerala, Hyderabad, Delhi and Goa. Besides for performing classical Bharatanatyam, they also engaged in contemporary and semi-classical styles as well as a range of Indian folk dances.
Their most notable acts amongst others include:
The Dance Ballet, ‘Ashoka’, presented by the Manjeeram Dance Academy on the 4th April, 2009 in Hyderabad. The 602nd Anniversary Festival of Annamaya, in Hyderabad on the 10th May, 2009. This event marked the Guinness World record for the largest choir, (involving 160 000 singers singing in unison.) Participated in the annual Chennai Sangamam Festival, 2009, organised by the Tamil Nadu Government.
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