Famous Indian Classical Dancers

India is a land where we find an amalgamation of diverse cultures peacefully co-existing. Each culture has its own specific tradition and rituals. Similarly in every nook and corner of the country we find a classical dance form flourishing which are derived from the ancient legends of their culture. While Bharatanatyam found its root in the state of Tamil Nadu and was inspired by the temple dances, the Kathak dance of Uttar Pradesh is a narrative form of dance through which the dancers narrate a story. Similarly we also have Kathakali and Mohiniyattam from Kerela, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Odishi from the state of Odisha, Manipuri from Manipur and Sattriya from Assam. All these dance forms have had some exceptional proponents like Kelu Charan Mahapatra, Birju Maharaj, T. Balasaraswati and Indrani Rehman. Some of these famous classical dancers have been honored with some of the highest civilian awards such as the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. To protect their legacy these artists started their institutions so that their disciples can carry forward and preserve this aspect of our precious cultural heritage. To know more about the life stories and timelines of these famous Indian classical dancers explore through our collection of biography, where we have also revealed some interesting facts and trivia about them.

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 1 Sudha Chandran

Sudha Chandran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 2 Bhanupriya

Bhanupriya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh

 3 Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai
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Famous As: Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer
Birthdate: May 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

 4 Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai
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Famous As: Classical Dancer and Choreographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kerala
Died: January 21, 2016

 5 Birju Maharaj

Birju Maharaj
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Famous As: Kathak Dancer
Birthdate: February 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Varanasi

 6 Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh
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Famous As: Odissi Dancer
Birthdate: April 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai

 7 T. Balasaraswati

T. Balasaraswati
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: February 9, 1984
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 8 Kelucharan Mohapatra

Kelucharan Mohapatra
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: January 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Raghurajpur, Puri, Odisha, India
Died: April 7, 2004

 9 Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

 10 Mayadhar Raut

Mayadhar Raut
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kantapenhara, India

 11 Manju Warrier

Manju Warrier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India

 12 Kavya Madhavan

Kavya Madhavan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasargod, Kerala, India

 13 Asha Parekh

Asha Parekh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

 14 Amala Akkineni

Amala Akkineni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 15 Gracy Singh

Gracy Singh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 16 Vani Ganapathy

Vani Ganapathy
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Famous As: Classical Dancer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Indian classical dancer Vani Ganapathy now owns a Bangalore-based dance school called Sanchari. She is also known as veteran actor Kamal Haasan’s first wife and appeared with Haasan in a dance sequence in the Tamil film Melnaattu Marumagal. She was also Haasan’s costume designer for a while.

 17 Padmini

Padmini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, India
Died: September 24, 2006

 18 Vineeth

Vineeth
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thalassery, Kerala, India

 19 Rukmini Devi Arundale

Rukmini Devi Arundale
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Famous As: Bharatnatyam Dancer
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: February 24, 1986

 20 Indrani Rahman

Indrani Rahman
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: September 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: February 5, 1999

 21 Yamini Krishnamurthy

Yamini Krishnamurthy
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: December 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madanapalle, India