Anuradha Venkataraman has been a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher for over 15 years. She has been trained in the style of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Dr. Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. She is empanelled with the ICCR and is an 'A' graded artiste of Doordarshan.
Apart from performing Anuradha is engaged with SPIC Macay conducting Workshops and demonstrations in various parts of the country. She is deeply interested in exploring the history, evolution and boundaries of Bharatanatyam. Anuradha conducts her dance classes in North Bangalore
Anuradha's dance impresses not just through its impeccable technique but also through its passion, commitment and endurance. Her performances have been praised by critics and rasikas alike.
Anuradha has performed extensively at various national and international stages. She has travelled as a solo performer to Malaysia, South Korea, USA, Bosina, Poland, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg. She has also served a a visiting faculty of Dance at Korea national University of Arts, Seoul.
Major national performances include:
- Natyanjali Festival - Chidambaram
- Spirit of Youth Festival - Music Academy Chennai
- Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram sponsored programmes at Pollachi, Madurai & Chennai
- Briahdeeshwara Temple - SZCC Tanjore
- Shruti Mandal - Jaipur
- India International Center - New Delhi
- Times Delhi Festival Epicenter - Gurgaon
- Horizon Series (ICCR) - New Delhi, Bengaluru
- Ghungroo Samaroh - Ujjain
- Mahaballipuram Festival
- SOPAN Festival - Sahitya Kala Parishad New Delhi
- Nritya Pratibha Utsav (SNA) - Chandigarh
- Khajuraho Festival of Dances 2010 - MP
- Nritya Sinchana Series-Ananya, Bengaluru
- Bishen Das Rikhi Ram Music Festival, Delhi
- Uday Shankar Ballet Festival, Jaipur
- Nada Neerajanam festival (TTD) 2011, 2013
- Natyarangam, Narada gana Sabha Chennai
- Live in August - Chennai
- Chennai Music Season - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
She has also accompanied her Guru in numerous overseas tours. Like Mauritius, Kenya, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, Ukraine.
Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance form is popular and nurtured in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This dance form denotes various 19th- and 20th-century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers called Devadasis. Sadir in turn, is derived from ancient dance in the treatise Natya Shastra by Bharata of fourth or third century BCE.
A possible origin of the name is from Bharata Muni, who wrote the Natya Shastra to which Bharathanatyam owes many of its ideas. This etymology also holds up to scrutiny better since Bharathanatyam is pronounced with short (kuril) forms of "bha", "ra" and "tha" whereas each of "bhavam", "ragam" and "talam" contain the long (nedil) forms. Hence the initialization proposed above is more probably a backronym.
Bharatanatyam is a reworked dance-form from the traditional "sadir" known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world.