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Profile of SMT.Lalitha Ganapathi


  • Lalitha Ganapathi is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, singer, teacher and choreographer.
  • She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of seven under world renowned dancer Padma Bhushan Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam.
  • Later, she came under the tutelage of Kalaimamani Natyacharya Shri Narasimhachari and Smt. Vasanthalakshmi. Besides her mastery in Bharatanatyam, she is presently being trained in Mohini Attam also by Kalaimamani Smt.Gopika Varma.
  • Lalitha holds a Master’s Degree in Tamil Literature and is considered an expert in the art of Nattuvangam.


  • Lalitha has a number of choreographies to her credit notable being “Saptha Thandavam”, “Bharathiyum Navarasamum”, “Pan Bharatha Bharatham”.
  • Every year, her students regularly perform at various places on different occasions viz. Madurai Tamil Sangam, Srivilliputhur Andal Temple, Sri Balaji Temple of TTD, Chennai; Pollachi Tamil Sangam, Natiyanjali Festivals at Chidambaram, Myladuthurai, Thanjavur, Thiruvaiyaru, Thirunallar, Nagapatinam etc.
  • Her students are being regularly invited by the various Sabhas/Organizations in Chennai and other places to display their dancing skills.


  • About 90 students are presently undergoing training at her Dance School [started in year 1995] in Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • More than 25 Arangetrams and 50 Salangai Poojas have been performed since establishment of the Dance School.
  • Many of her students trained by her have been recognized as “Best Dancers” and honoured by the various Sabhas/Organizations.
  • Trains students for various dance exams conducted by Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • As a Special Invitee, conducts Dance Workshops for students in London and Singapore.


  • In September 2010, participated in the dance programme “Rajarajeswaram 1000” at Thanjavur Brihadeeswara Temple along with Guru Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam and her other disciples.
  • In July 2011, participated in the dance programme organized by VIPANCHEE to commemorate the 81st Birthday of Dr.Balamurali Krishna.

Awards & Honours

Lalitha Ganapathi is the recipient of the following awards/titles:

  • “ Natya Thilagam” from Iyaarappar Natyanjali Trust, Thiruvaiyaru.
  • “Nrithangana” from South Madras Cultural Association, Chennai.
  • “Nrithya Kalaivani” from Nrithyanjali Trust, Chennai.
  • “Narthana Sironmani” from Salangai Oli Trust, Chennai; and
  • “Natya Kala Ratna” from Kanchi Mutt, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu.
  •  Acharya Kala Vipanchee from Vipanchee ,Chennai.
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