Geeta Chandran

Classical dancer, Choreographer, Dance activist, Film/Television (India)

Born 1962. Dance Graduate 1974; BA (Honours), Mathematical Statistics, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University 1983; Masters in Communication, Indian Institute of Mass Communications 1984; Founder-President, Natya Vriksha 1990-; Scholar of Peace Fellowship, Dalai Lama Foundation 2000; Millennium Achievers Award 2001; Adjunct Professor, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani 2004-06; Outstanding artist status by Indian Council for Cultural Relations 2005; Author, SO MANY JOURNEYS 2005; Padmashri national honour from President of India 2007; Social Justice Medal from Chief Justice of India 2007; Member, National Film Certification Board 2008-; Governing Body Member, Kamla Nehru College, Delhi University 2008-; Member, World Dance Alliance 2008.

Personal Introduction

Celebrity artist and star classical dance performer; celebrated also for her Carnatic music, work in television, video and film, theatre, choreography, collaborative performances, dance-education, dance-activism and dance-issue journalism; Media personality and spokesperson for dance and other arts; Founder-President of Natya Vriksha, promoting classical dance and related values among youth; Author of SO MANY JOURNEYS, an intensely personal collection of writings on engagement with Bharatanatyam; Through performances, raises resources for NGOs working on peace, environment and gender equality; Engages in the widest range of dance-related activities: performing, teaching, conducting, singing, collaborating, organizing, writing, inspiring and speaking to new youth audiences.