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Padma Subramaniam was born to k Subramaniam. She was a rare combination of a dancer, scholar, choreographer, music composer, singer, author, teacher, Indologist. She was one of the most outstanding artists of today. Her father was a freedom fighter and a great personality in the cultural field. Her mother Minakshi composed music and she was a lyricist in Sanskrit and Tamil. She played the Veena, violin, and harmonium. Padma Subramaniam was encouraged by her father to learn dance under Kaushalya a teacher at the dance school founded by her father in 1942. A few years later she was trained under Guru Vazhoor Ramaiah Pillai. Her father recognized her capabilities and her talent Guru Danda Pani Pilai Vazhavoor Ramayya Pillai set the dance and later on ‘Meenakshi Kalyanam’, Padma’s first venture in choreography, which had music, researched by Shyamala. The partnership was further strengthened when Shyamala married Padma’s brother V. Balakrishnan. She held a bachelor’s degree in music master’s in ethnomusicology and Ph.D. in dance. Lakshman and Salil Chaudhari trained her. She was the first dancer to introduce ‘Pushpanjali’ great dance piece. She used Mira bhajan for the first time to suit pada varnam and composed Bengali Varna the first time. She had a flair for singing not only Indian languages but also foreign languages since childhood.  Her sister-in-law Shyamala Balakrishnan accompanied her. She was a highly reputed singer and research scholar in classical and folk music. The folk music of Tamilnadu and the Deiva Tamizh Isai” was sung by both of them Jayadeva ashtapadi also was sung by Padma for a separate album. She now sings for several performances of disciples along with Gayatri Kannan nephew’s wife
She received Padma Shri Sangeet Natak Academi award Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu Kalidas Samman from the government of Madhya Pradesh Bharat Shastra Rakshamani from Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. She also received the prestigious Fukuoka Asian cultural prize from Japan for her contribution to development and harmony in Asia.  I was talented to express herself through explicit facial expressions. timing and original ideas which have held her audience riveted over the years.


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