Shrimati S. Narmada was born in Bangalore. She is a prominent disciple of the late K.P. Kittappa Pillai, the last major exponent of the Thanjavur bani, and was groomed under his tutelage for over two decades. An outstanding teacher of Bharatanatyam, Shrimati Narmada has trained many dancers who are now establish- ed nationally. She is known for her strict adherence to tradition and her creativity within the classical framework. She has conducted lecture- demonstrations of Bharata- natyam within the country and abroad. She has also taken part in several documentaries and films. Shrimati Narmada has received many honours includ- ing the Best Teacher Award (1992) of the Music Academy, Madras, the Karnataka Rajyo- thsva Award (1996), and the Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy Award (1998). Shrimati S. Narmada receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Bharatanatyam.