Sunanda Narayanan is an acclaimed exponent of the Vazhuvoor tradition of Bharata Natyam. She had her training under Guru Rhadha, one of the foremost Bharatanatyam teachers and choreographers of today. For over two decades now, Sunanda has been performing solo and duo with her sister, Sumitra, and has given around 250 performances in several Indian cities and in USA, Canada, and Brazil.

Sunanda had her Arangetram (debut performance) in 1984 under the tutelage of Guru S.K. Kameswaran. In 1992, she was awarded the Senior Scholarship of the Department of Culture by the Government of India for advanced training in dance under Guru Rhadha. Sunanda holds two diplomas in Indian Classical Dance Theory from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Madras, India and from the Association of Bharatanatyam Artists of India (ABHAI).

With several awards to her credit, Sunanda was selected by the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manram (a State Government Cultural Association in India) to perform under their sponsorship. The leading Indian newspaper “Indian Express” featured Sunanda in their Personality of the Week column. The dance productions Jaya Jaya Devi and Lakshmi Prabhavam, both of which Sunanda played lead roles in, had an overwhelming response and resoundingly successful tours of USA and Canada in 1994 and 1997 respectively.

Sunanda has performed in all the lecture demonstrations presented by her mother, Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, who is a reputed scholar of Indian music and dance. In particular, the presentation on “Environmental Consciousness in Bharatanatyam” received wide media attention in India and was broadcast on the Indian National Network by the University Grants Commission in India.

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