A prominent disciple of erstwhile Bharatanatyam luminary Guru K J Sarasa, Srekala Bharath is a passionate dancer, ingenious choreographer and an inspirational teacher. Born on July 4, 1961, she commenced her dance journey at the tender age of seven in 1969,having her Arangetram on 22nd May1972, weaving her way into the hearts and minds of appreciative rasikas with her inimitable style, nimble footwork and exquisite abhinaya. Srekala, an A Grade doordarshan artiste is a dedicated and vibrant Bharatanatyam exponent who has been performing in the concert circuits in India.

Her creative journey as an artiste has taken her through 28 countries spanning 5 continents and staging countless moments of her unique interpretation of the divine art of Bharatanatyam of which,Indian Council for Cultural Relations ICCR has sent her to 11 countries. She established the Thejas School of Performing Arts (TSPA) in 1999 in Chennai and since its inception, she has extended its repertoire with several singular pieces culled through extensive research, earning her a very strong and supportive following, towards both solo and group performances.

Her dance school ‘Thejas’. symbolises Srekala’s vision, which is an amalgamation of the knowledge of the cognate form of arts shaped by a scholastic approach and a holistic idea, with her unique individualistic philosophy of synchronised and rhythmic movements.Srekala conducts dance classes via Skype to students of international locations.

Her acclaimed Lecture-Demonstrations have captured her unique sense of style that is innovative yet conforms to tradition. Srekala’s DVDs have been released on the concept of ‘Learn the basics of Bharatanatyam’ along with a traditional Margam and Presentation of short items’. Srekala has created thematic presentations ranging from the traditional classics to the modern day concepts, both in solo and group concerts, that have been received well by art connoisseurs and the press alike. Some of her noteworthy choreographys are – Bhakta Meera, Mahila Mahima, Amrapali, Jai Santoshi Maa, Annamayya Bhakti Manjari on Nava Vidha Bhakti, Sri Thyagaraja Vaibhavam, Chakravarti Tirumagan, Dasavataram and Arupadai Veedu. All of these have received critical acclaim, earning her commendations in India and abroad.

Notwithstanding her continued efforts to propagate this divine art,Srekala has been conducting Thejas Bala Natyotsav giving opportunities to highly talented dancers in the age group of 8-12 for the last 8 years.

Recognitions and Awards are aplenty, and among them the noteworthy ones are-

• Kalaimamani, -Tamil Nadu State Award
• Nadanamamani - Kartik Fine Arts.
• Senior Fellowship by the Govt. Of India,New Delhi for her thesis on Evolution of Bharatanatyam
• Natya Ilavarasi by Shanmukhananda Sabha, New Delhi
• Yuva Kala Bharati - Bharat Kalachar
• Vani Kala Sudhakara - Thyaga Bramha Gana Sabha
• Natya Kala Shikamani- Indian Fine Arts Society
• Nritya Kala Shironmani- Chennai Cultural Academy
• Shiva Shakti Natya Chintamani – Omkar Ashram Pondicherry
• House of Commons recognition-Toronto,Canada
• Bharata Rathnam- Government of Sri Lanka

She has also presented papers on dance and its expression and innovations with relevance to contemporary time in India and overseas.

There are also other awards of local relevance such as :

• ‘The Woman Achiever Award’- Inner Wheel members
• Natya Thendral- DDK, Chennai,
• Guru Devo Bhava - Monday Charity Club,
• Sathya Bala Kala Poshaka Sundaram - Bharathanjali
• Srekala has had the unique privilege to give solo dance performances at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai, in 1994 and in 2005, where she was honoured by the then Governors of Tamil Nadu, Honable Shri. Chenna Reddy and Honable Shri. Surjit Singh Barnala, respectively.
• Srekala has been the Secretary of ABHAI- Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India.
• For the silver jubilee celebrations of Art of Living, Srekala presented her troupe of 30 students, in the immediate presence of Shri Shri Ravishankar.
• In a first-of-its-kind expression, Srekala has presented a Bharatanatyam Medley and her students presented a dance to the well- known nursery story- ‘The Lion and the Mouse’, under the aegis of Scholastic India’s publishers entitled- ‘Reading through Dance’ at IIT, Madras.

She derives her inner strength through her untiring dedication, determination and devotion to this divine art form. As a teacher, she is deeply committed to the exceptional development of her students enabling them to evolve as artistes as they share in her creative journey at Thejas and carve a niche for themselves at the same time.

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