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Indhu Varma

Tapasya  Kala Sampradaya is the brain-child of Smt Indu Varma. She is a renowned artist and has performed many shows within India and abroad. She is a former member of Board of Studies, Faculty of Dance in the University of Madras. She works hard and is very committed to preserving Indian heritage, culture and artistic traditions and passing it on to our future generations. She strongly believes in the power of art in refining the human mind, body, heart and soul. Over the last 15 years she has worked tirelessly to support hereditary artistes from the Tanjore Quartet. As a descendant of the Royal Family of Cochin, she learnt dance under Padmabhushan Smt. Kamala and Guru, Isai Peraringar Thiru K.P.Kittapa Pillai of Tanjore.




Bhavani stepped into Kalakshetra at the tender age of 4. She was fortunate to have her primary education in the Montessori system of education in the Kalakshetra premises run by Late Dr Rukmani Devi Arundale herself. Bhavani was enrolled as a part time student of Bharatnatyam.
At the age of 11 she came under the loving guidance of Ms Prasannavadhani of kalakshetra under whom she performed her Arangetram in the Kalakshetra premises presided over by Dr Rukmani Arundale herself.

It was after the sad demise of her Guru Ms Prasannavadhani that she continued her passion under various eminent Gurus – Shri Adayar Laxmanan, Ms.Shobana Balachandra and Ms. Savitri Jagannath Rao.

She started giving full-fledged performances in Chennai. She was very fortunate to be chosen by the Gurus Narasimha Chari and Vasantha Laxmi of Kalasamarpana foundation to perform in their prestigious dance drama ‘Mega Sandesam’ of Kalidasa. Her brief association with the great Gurus inspired her to learn Nattuvangam. She also participated and won prizes in many inter college competitions.