OUR Guru- SMT. LAKSHMI KANNAN
Guru Smt. Lakshmi Kannan is a senior disciple of Prof. Shri Vijay Shankar Singh Bhadoria ji of Bhaat khade Sangeet Maha Vidyalay, Jabalpur. Rigorous training under such an illustrious Guru, made her confident in the Lucknow, Jaipur and Raigarh Gharaanas of Kathak Dance. Her commendable performances at Sneh Sammelan, Bhaat khade Sangeet Samaroh, Vishnu Digambar Samaroh, Jabalpur, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, Bhaat khade Sangeet Vishwavidyalay, Khairagarh and Shri Ratri Mahotsav, Bhilai, Jugalbandhi with Thavil maestro Kalaimamani Haridwaramangalam Shri A.K. Palanivel for Pondicherry Doordarshan are just to name a few. Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad conferred on her the title of ‘Sangit Prabhakar’ and she is graded by Doordarshan. She was fortunate enough to begin her training in Vazhuvoor Pani of Bharatanatyam with the blessings of the Stalwart Padmashri Vazhuvoor Shri Ramiah Pillai under his illustrious son Kalaimamani Vazhuvoor Shri R. Samraj. Her rigourous advanced training from doyen Guru Natanakala Shironmani Dr. Smt. Kanchana Janardhanan, Rhythmic intricacies from Guru Vidwan Dr. Shri P.R. Ventaka Subramanian and Nattuvangam from Guru Kalaimamani Udupi Shri Laxminarayan helped her blossom into a complete Artiste.
Today, as the Artistic Director of Jathiswaraalaya Academy of Dance and Music– a 25 year old institution, she imparts dance education to deserving Kathak and Bharatanatyam aspirants. She aims to pass on the legacy of the two dance forms in a pure and undiluted way to the next generation.
With Parama Gurus,
Dr. Smt Kanchana Janardhanan ji, Vidwan Dr. Shri. P.R. Venkata Subramanian ji and Kathak exponent Prof. Shri Vijay Shankar Singh Bhadoria ji
Guru, Smt. Lakshmi Kannan,
Some awards and titles of Guru Smt. Lakshmi Kannan:
- ‘Abhinaya Nrutyakala Mani’ from Shri devi Nilayam of Kalaimamani Late Shri. Pittukkuli Murugadas
- Natyakala Mayuri from her honourable Guru ‘Natanakala Shironmani’ Dr. Smt. Kanchana Janardhanan’s institute- Mayura School of Classical Dances.
- Life time achievement award from Hindu Dharma Seva Parishad
- ‘Sathya Nrithya Sundaram’ ,‘Nartana Gyanakeerthi’ from several distinguished organizations
are just to name a few.