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Training: Sheela Chandrasekhar has been in the dance routine for the past over twenty years. Having trained initially under Smt.Krishnaveni of Mysore she was groomed through the fundamentals by the celebrated Guru Late Sri V.S. Koushik of Sanathana Kalakshetra.
She owes her advanced training in Bharatanatyam to Guru B.Bhanumati under whom she has now trained for over 20 years.
Special training: Apart from this she has attended numerous advanced workshops conducted by stalwarts in the field like Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and Guru Smt.Bragha Bessel (abhinaya), Late Smt.Kamala Rani of Kalakshetra (nattuvangam) and Smt Savitri Jagannatha Rao (padams) also from Kalakshetra
Academic distinction: On the academic front Sheela has completed all the levels of the State Board Examinations for classical dance including the Vidwat level, which she cleared with honours. She has completed her Master’s degree in dance (Bharatanatyam) having secured first rank in the Bangalore University and was awarded a gold medal for the same. She has also been the accredited resource person and coordinator for the post graduate courses of the Kalai Kaviri college of Fine Arts affiliated to the Bharatidasan University, Trichinopoly.
Sheela has contributed significantly to the choreography and successful presentation of ‘NAVARASA KARNATAKA’, a unique feature in the dance drama format linking the Navarasas to nine personalities of great historical significance of Karnataka. This was performed as a part of the curricular requirements of the postgraduate course. The program was extremely well received by both the press and the university elite alike.
Currently - since January 2013 - she is a Guest Lecturer for dance M.A. students at Jain College, Bangalore.
Sheela has rendered over five hundred stage performances as a solo artiste and also as a member of Bharatanjali, the group dance feature of Nrityakalamandiram directed by Guru B.Bhanumati.
She has guided a number of students to complete their course leading to their Arangetram (Rangapravesha), the State Board Exams and several post graduate students of the Kalai Kaviri college of Fine Arts, Trichy.
The Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, recently awarded her the "Singarmani" title where a handful of artists from all over India were selected out of more than 80 candidates.
She has been invited as a judge for many State level competitions, which includes the YOUNG FEST of THE HINDU, to evaluate the artists in the Classical Dance section.
The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan have been regularly inviting Sheela as Examiner for their Degree and Diploma Courses. She has also been invited as examiner for the Postgraduate students of the Jain University.
She is at present Assistant Director of Nrityakalamandiram and assisting Guru Bhanumathi in the coaching of students in Nrityakalamandiram, taking full charge of academics and practical training. She is an integral part in choreography of productions, not only for Bharatanjali also for various stage and Doordarshan artistes.
Some Press comments..
…..while the most striking feature of Sheela’s recital was her enjoyment of the dance, her involved abhinaya struck a chord making her recital as touching……
….the explicit yet subtle composition of the Vamana and Sudama episodes were complemented in equal measure by Sheela elevating the varnam …….
- THE HINDU-
…..Sheela revealed a good grounding in both Nrittha and Nrithya
….. it was evident from Sheela’s performance that she has a thorough grounding backed by sincere and concerted effort….
….Sheela Chandrasekhar stood out in the group for her trained mukhija
…..of all the artistes featured in the ten day festival Sheela Chandrasekhar left an indelible imprint on the minds of the audience…
……Sheela’s portrayal of the khandita nayika made for clarity of expression and communication. Notable were the depiction of the bheebatsa and hasya rasa…
Drawing from her Guru Bhanumati’s glorious lineage of Padmashree K. N. Dandayudha Pani Pillai, Sheela has imbibed the essence of Nritta, Nritya and Abhinaya bringing to the fore these sensitive aspects of the art and raising it to spiritual heights. She hopes to make a significant contribution to the field of dance through her stage performances and academic involvement. She seeks the encouragement of art lovers and blessings of elders in her endeavour.
As a leading performer of ‘BHARATANJALI’ the group dance feature of Nrityakalamandiram of Guru Bhanumati, she has given over 500 shows which include various television productions and also most important national festivals in India,
Sheela has toured the UK and USA several times not only for performances at various cultural centers but also for cultural exchange programs at different Universities there with the troupe.
Some Performances with Bharatanjali:
ANANYA FESTIVAL at Purana Quila, New Delhi
KONARK DANCE FESTIVAL, Bhubaneswar
DECEMBER FESTIVAL, Chennai
HAMPI, PATTADAKAL festival, Karnataka
BANGALORE HABBA, Bangalore
INTERNATIONAL DANCE ALLIANCE, Chennai
BANGAR FEST, Nritykalamandiram, Bangalore
Sheela has on invitation performed at several cultural centers like the