Nirmala Ramachandran

Born in 1936, Shrimati Nirmala Ramachandran received her initial training in Bharatanatyam under Pandanallur Chokkalin- gam Pillai. She continued her training in dance under Shri T.K. Swaminatha Pillai, Shrimati T. Jayamma and T. Murthamma of the Dhanammal school from 1955 to 1963. During those years, she also acquired proficiency in Carnatic music. An exponent of the Pandana- llur style and a widely respected teacher, Shrimati Nirmala Ramachandran has trained a number of dancers at her institution Nirmalaniketan. She has also conducted several seminars and given lecture- demonstrations of Bharata- natyam within the country and abroad. For her dedicated service to Bharatanatyam, she has received a number of honours and awards. Her work has been documented by organizations including the Sruti Trust of Chennai. Shrimati Nirmala Ramachan- dran receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribu- tion to Bharatanatyam