Smt Sheela Unnikrishnan is a very good choreographer and Bharathanatyam exponent. She has trained many excellent dancers. She is a specialist in group presentation. Sheela had a training in the Melattur Style of Bharathanatyam under the Natyacharya Late SriM.Sundaram of Perambur, the direct disciple of the famous exponent Mangudi R.Dorairaja Iyer.
She had also undergone intensive training in Kuchipudi style of dance under the tutelage of the world renowned Kuchipudi Mastero Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam for over eight years and was awarded scholarship by the Government of India, Human Resourses Development, New Delhi. Smt Sheela had secured First Class in Higher Grade Bharathanatyam, Department of Government Technical Examination in 1987.
She had also attended a three day workshop Natya Sangraham conducted by Natyarangam in the year 2005. She received the Best Dancer title by Youth Club of Soviet Cultural Center in the year 1986. She got first place for a Hidden Talent Contest at Lalchand Milapchand Dada Senior Secondary School in 1993 and got second place in Swathi Smrithi at Malayalee Club in 1999.
She is a graded Artiste of Doordarshan. â€œKala Praveenaâ€, â€œPadma Bharathiâ€, â€œNatya Kalai Chudarâ€, “Natya Sironmani”, “Best guru of the year 2005” are some of the titles which she has been awarded. She was featured in popular programmes in television channels. Her ambition is to re-discover the ancient art of Natya set forth in the Natya Shastra.Smt Sheela Unnikrishnan is running a dance school Sridevi Nirthyalaya at Chennai since 1988. The school branches are at Villivakkam, Korattur, Kilpauk and KK.Nagar.
Many students for all over India and abroad were successfully trained by her through the dance school. She conducted a workshop on Adavus for 8 days at Oslo-organised by Kala Sadhanalaya and Muthamizh Mandram-Norway.
She was conferred the title of Nirthya Vichitra on those who are performing their arangetram and conducts prestigious performances y the students of the institution. Smt Sheela Unnikrishnan has taken part in many Organisations and Festival events. She was applauded by the then President of India, Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam in whose presence her dance drama Bala Ramayanam was staged at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi in 2005.
Smt Sheela Unnikrishnan has choreographed more than 300 solo items and several dance dramas ( Sada Sva Smaranam, Shadaksharam, Janani Jagath Karani)and thematic performances( Sri Krishna Karnamrutham, Sri Krishna Manjapari, Thrayee, Shanmatham and Ramachandram Bhavayami) Sheela took charge as Director of Sri Devi Nrithyalaya in 1990.
Awards And Accolades
Kala Praveena- Lions Club of Green Park in 2004-05 / Best Guru- VDS Arts Academy in 2005 / Nartana Sironmani- Salngai Oil Trust in 2006
Aadal Vallar- Music Connoiseur in 2006 / Padma Bharathy- Padma Sarangapani Cultural Academy in 2007 and / Nataya Kalai Chudar- Uratha Sinthanai in 2007.
Sheela’s students have won first places in many national and inter state level competitions and were conferred with awards such as Bala Sree from Government of India, Nrithya Ratna and Nrithya Jyothi. Her students also received scholarships from CCRT, Bharath Kalachar etc. For details contact 94441 14326, 23621126. Email : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Website : http://www.sridevinrithyalaya.org