Atlanta, GA, March 4, 2020: On January 26th 2020, India’s 70th Republic day, The Karnataka Nritya Kala Parishat presented Atlanta-based Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher Soujanya Madhusudan with the ‘Bharatha Muni award’ for her professional contribution towards preserving, nurturing and promoting the rich traditional Indian Classical dance art.
Soujanya is the Artistic Director of the 30-year-old premiere classical performing arts school ‘Bharatha Darshana’.
At the forefront of a new generation of Bharatanatyam dancers, Soujanya represents the future of the ancient art form – Bharatanatyam. Being a firm believer in maintaining the integrity of tradition, Soujanya explores her creativity without compromising on the classicism of the dance form.
Soujanya belongs to a family of legendary artists and was trained under the keen eyes of prominent gurus in this field like Guru Nagamani Srinivasa Rao, Padmashree Adyar K Lakshman, Sri Balagopal, Smt.Kalanidhi Narayanan. She practices the Kalakshetra bani of Bharatanatyam.
Soujanya’s immaculate and graceful movements and her subtle yet communicative expressions have won the admiration of laymen and connoisseurs alike. Her performances have taken her across the globe. Dance and Music festivals organized by ICCR, Ponniah dance festival, Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana-Ohio, SPICMACAY – Texas & Pennsylvania, Flute and feet- Minnesota, Natya festival- St.Louis, RASIKA- Oregon, Samanvaya, VRC dance festival, Sai Nrityotsava, NRI dance festival, Nadaneerajanam at Tirumala Tirupathi, Festival of India by IACA Georgia etc add to the colorful array of her solo & thematic performances. Bharatha Darshana holds the certificate of participation by Guinness World records for the largest Bharatanatyam dance at Chidambaram.
She has performed and presented lecture demonstrations at Drexel University, Rice University, Texas A&M, Penn state to name a few. She has been actively promoting Bharatanatyam through ‘Adventure into arts’ program to school children and has been invited by various school districts and public libraries across the US.
She is the member of CID (Internationale council de dance) UNESCO and is also a brand ambassador for Hidden Idol- an international platform to nourish dance forms in young minds in and outside the US. She is the Atlanta regional coordinator for SAPTAMI – an Indian classical dance and music competitions to promote the art form among children in the USA.
She teaches at her dance studios in Cumming, GA; Houston & Pearland TX. From past 10 years she has been successful in imparting this beautiful art form to students across USA, UK, India, NZ and Middle East countries through live online classroom sessions.
Many prestigious awards like Singaramani, Creative choreographer awards, Asthana Nartaki adorn her.