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Kalamandalam Sreejaya

A highly talented Indian Classical Dancer, Sreejaya is famed as one of the popular Malayalam Film / T.V. Actresses. A competent performer, teacher and choreographer, she heads her own Dance Institution - SSCD [Sreejaya's School Of Classical Dance], at Bangalore, India since 2004.

Sreejaya’s association with dance began early at the tender age of four from her own aunt, Smt.Kalamandalam Sumathi, a great dancer herself. Under the excellent tutelage of Smt.Kalamandalam Sumathi for about 10 years, Sreejaya was moulded into a fine exponent of Bharatanatyam.

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Subsequently, Sreejaya enrolled for the Diploma in Dance at Kerala Kalamandalam, a Kerala Government recognized Centre for Performing arts and graduated with outstanding results. This training at Kalamandalam has further strengthened her exposure in the performing arts as she was also trained in Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi. She was awarded the ‘Balakrishna Kurup’ Award and the ‘Sathyabhama Award’ while undergoing the training at Kerala Kalamandalam. Sreejaya has also received the ‘Kalaimagal’ Award from Kalaimagal Sabha. In January 2010 she was selected and awarded the “Natyarangam” certificate for participating in the Natya Sangraham - a 3 day workshop in classical dance at Thennangur, Chennai.

Sreejaya is now under the motivation and guidance of her present Guru Smt. Chitra Chandrasekhar Dasarathy whose artistic life over the past three decades includes dancing, teaching, choreography and research. Born to Smt.Jaya and Prof. C.V.Chandrasekhar, Smt. Chitra holds Masters Degrees in Sanskrit and Dance. She has been teaching for many years in India and abroad. She is widely travelled and continues to perform all over the world. Sreejaya is well versed with the Kalamandalam and Kalakshethra styles of Bharatnatyam and is currently following the Kalakshethra style.

Sreejaya got her first break in Malayalam films while she was at Kerala Kalamandalam. She has acted in quite a number of movies under leading Directors and with superstars of Malayalam cinema today, like Mammootty, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram etc. Sreejaya has also acted in many T.V. serials. As part of her sojourn in the Malayalam Film Industry, she has toured all over the world and performed in many stage programs in U.S.A., U.K., Switzerland, Bahrain and U.A. E., for both cinematic and classical performances.

Sreejaya moved to Canada temporarily between May 2011 and March 2012 to set up a very Professional South Indian Classical Dance Institution in Mississauga and is now back in Bangalore permanently to continue serving the Indian Classical Dance enthusiasts through her dance school SSCD, which caters to all communities. Kalamandalam Sreejaya through SSCD continues to increase the awareness of South Indian classical dance among people from diverse cultures and traditions.