Bharatanatyam exponent Dr.Padmaja Venkatesh Suresh, head of the Aatmalaya Academy of Art and Culture, Bengaluru, assumes the roles of performer, teacher, researcher, author and writer, speaker, administrator and organizer with equal ease. Having taken the art to numerous venues in India and abroad, she also launched ‘Kalachaitanya’ a scheme to reach out to underprivileged children in villages, small towns and cities across the country.
The relevance of the concept of ‘Ramarajya’ for good governance was deliberated at a seminar held recently at IIM, Bangalore. It was organised jointly by Tattvaloka, a monthly magazine of Hindu wisdom and Aatmalaya Academy of Dance.
National Gallery of Modern Art in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Aatmalaya Academy of Art and Culture Trust presented “Dance Festival - Nivedita’.
On an invitation from her ‘guru behen’ Asha Sunilkumar, Padmaja Suresh from Bengaluru conducted an interactive lecture demonstration on Tantra, Yantra and Mantra at Sri Guruji Academy, Thane.
She is an acclaimed dancer, teacher and scholar. But Dr Padmaja Suresh also brings the classical dance form closer to the less privileged in society
Dr. Padmaja Suresh peeled off layers to reveal Natya as a crucial link in a metaphysical matrix. She spoke at the C.P. Art Centre, Chennai, under the title, ‘Yantra, Mantra, Tantra and Natya,’ recently.
Bharatnatyam exponent Padmaja Suresh is a believer in Paravidya - transcendental knowledge - where her actions are not defined by utilitarian returns or benefits. It is this belief that makes this Seshadripurambased artist take dance to underprivileged children. "If my dancing remains restricted to high-profile sabhas and kacheris, and will be no use to, say, the flower vendor's child next door who has the passion to learn. It would simply dilute its essence. What is the use of learning about karma and dharma in your art if you do not put it to practice?" she told ET.
Tantra the science and Natya the art — the two faceted reality is dancer Padmaja Suresh’s book. She tells that dance is internalisation of supreme consciousness.
Shaivam’, a dance performance by Padmaja Suresh and her troupe, was recently held at the CMR NPS Auditorium. The recital was so titled because it was conducted as a tribute to Lord Shiva, and his many aspects. Padmaja Suresh is a talented bharatanatyam dancer who specialises in the Tanjore style.
“Thayyum thathath thayyum thaha…” arms stretched out, students in the dance class are stamping their feet on the floor trying to match up to the rhythm and follow the adavus which their Bharatanatyam teacher Padmaja Suresh is executing with seemingly effortless ease. One girl giggles as she catches us aiming the camera at her, another looks down shyly and a bolder one lifts her chin and offers a fine pose.
Dr Padmaja Suresh receives Karnataka Kalashri and Stri Shakti award in 2021.