Teacher Profile

Smt. Chandrika Chandran founded Natyanjali Academy of Dance in Johns Creek, GA in 1997 to preserve and promote classical Bharatanatyam, an ancient dance form of India. She has trained for many years under distinguished Gurus - Padmashri Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiah Pillai, his son Kalaimamani V.R. Samraj and Kalaimamani Swamimalai K. Rajarathinam.

Chandrika gave her full length, solo dance debut (Arangetram) at the age of nine after a short training period of 4 years with Sri. Ramaiah Pillai and his son Sri. Samraj. As a teenager, she received recognition as a promising young dancer from the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram (Center for Dance, Music & Drama) in Chennai. She continued performing in various Chennai dance festivals and toured nearby cities with her Guru Sri. Samraj. The finesse and elegance in her performances brought her many laurels. Before coming to the USA, she trained with another famous guru in the Vazhuvoor tradition, Kalaimamani Swamimalai K. Rajarathinam.

After the demise of her first Gurus, her training continued briefly under Guru Smt. K.J. Sarasa, the Dhananjayans, and Bhagavatulu Sri. Seetharama Sarma (for Nattuvangam). Her interest in nattuvangam led her to develop and perfect the skills learned on her own. Chandrika now continues to work closely with Smt. Revathi Ramachandran in Chennai, another renowned Guru from the Melattur tradition.

More than 30 students from the Academy have given their Arangetram performance under her guidance. She has earned an admirable reputation as a patient and skilled teacher, with the ability to nurture her students and develop them to their fullest potential. She is an advanced choreographer and nattuvanar and has received many years of training in Carnatic music. She is a graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago in Nutrition and Dietetics.