॥ गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः गुरु:साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
The Guru Parampara
Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale
Rukmini Devi Arundale was an Indian classical dancer who led the renaissance of the ‘Bharatanatyam’ dance form and founded the Kalakshetra Foundation, an academy of dance and music in Chennai. Born into an upper-class Brahmin family in India, she grew up in an environment where she was exposed to dance, music and culture. Her interest in theosophy led her to marry a fellow theosophist, the Britisher Dr. George Arundale.
Inspired by the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, she decided to discover traditional Indian dance forms and began learning Bharatanatyam and eventually founded Kalakshetra, a centre for artistic endeavor.
Founded in 1936 by the vibrant visionary Rukmini Devi Arundale, the Institution stands testimony to her dream of creating a space where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. An institution she established with the vision "of imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism". She played a vital role in revitalizing Bharatanatyam and popularizing it all over the world.
Prof. M. R. Krishna Murthy
Guru Prof. M. R. Krishna Murthy, fondly known as Kittu Sir, founder of Kalakshithi School of Fine Arts, Bangalore, is the disciple of the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. He underwent rigorous and disciplined training by the legendary Smt. Rukmini Devi for more than a decade and further special training from Smt. Mylapore Gowriammal, N.S Jayalakshmi, Smt. Sarada Hoffman, Prof. Pushpa Shankar and Smt.Vasanta Vedam. The well-known Kathakali exponent Guru T. K. Chandu Panicker initiated him into the intricacies of Kathakali.
He founded Kalakshithi, School of Fine Arts in the year 1991 in Bangalore to nurture young talent in the art. His ambition is to teach succeeding generations dance in its purest form, in the tradition he learnt in Kalakshetra, adhering to the highest quality of education without any compromises. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors. These include "Karnataka Kalashri", "Natya Tapasvi", "Natya Rasa Rushi", "Purandara Prashasti", "Purvankara Sangeetha Award" , "The Artist of the Year 2000" to name a few.
Smt. Suma Nagesh, founder and director of Natyashree, is a leading dancer of Karnataka and a renowned exponent of the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam. She started her training in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Smt. Radha Sridhar and persuaded under Prof. M. R. Krishna Murthy. She has performed at many National and International dance festivals conducted by State and Central Government of India.
Smt. Suma Nagesh has served as a member of Karnataka Sangeetha and Nritya Academy. She is also working as a teacher at Shrishti, School of Dance, London. At present she is working as an off campus lecturer of dance at the prestigious Bharathidasan University, Trichy.
Smt. Suma Nagesh is known for her unerring abhinaya and grace. She is a perfectionist, where her art is concerned, whether it is Nritta, Natya or Abhinaya. As an 'A' grade artist of Dooradharshan, she has choreographed many dance dramas like Ramayana, Bhasmasura, Jwalamani, Shanti Sandesha to name a few. She has won many awards which include "Indira Priyadarshini" , "Singaramani".