“A celebrated artist and star-performer, classical Indian dancer and choreographer Geeta Chandran uses her inordinate skill in Bharatanatyam as a force multiplier for the widest range of dance issues that have engaged her focus: linkages between body and mind; the relationships between solo dancing, group dancing and choreography; and dance as a medium for expressing abstract notions of Joy, Beauty, Values, Aspirations, Myth and Spirituality.
Geeta Chandran began learning Bharatanatyam from the tender age of 5 years under the tutelage of Smt. Swarna Saraswathy, who hailed from the traditional Thanjavoor dasi parampara. Subsequently, Geeta continued learning diverse aspects of the classical dance from a galaxy of eminent dance Gurus. Today she is renowned as a thinking-artist who has synthesised the knowledge she received from all her Gurus to imprint Bharatanatyam with her personal vision of the dance and unleashing its potential as an instrument for change-making.
Geeta was awarded the prestigious national award – Padma Shri – by the President of India in 2007. She has also just been conferred the equally prestigious national Sangeeta Natak Akademi Award for Bharatanatyam for 2016, which she received from the Hon. President of India on 17 January 2018. Geeta has also been made (the most prestigious) Tagore National Fellow (2017-2018) bestowed by the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture.”