The Indian Cultural Centre will be organizing a lecture demonstration on changing trends in Bharata Natyam by Subashini Pathmanathan, eminent scholar and danseuse on November 18, 2016 at 6.00 pm at its auditorium at the Indian Cultural Centre, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.
Subashini Pathmanathan graduated from the Government College for Women in Chandigarh, India and received her master’s degree from the Punjab University. She started her Bharata Natyam journey at the age of two and a half and studied Bharata Natyam under the great maestro the late Padmashree Vazhuvoor Ramiahpillai at Vazhuvoorar classical Bharata Natya Centre, Mylapore, and Chennai.
The great maestro conferred upon her the title ‘Natya Kala Shikamani’. In 1984 she participated at the all-India cultural festival and won the Best Performer award.
She completed two diplomas in Bharata Natyam from Vazhuvoorar Classical Bharata Natya Centre, Chennai and the Bharathidasan University Thiruchirapalli respectively. She completed her Master of Philosophy degree in aesthetics.
Presently, she is pursuing a research for her doctoral degree on ancient Sri Lankan Hindu temple sculptures and decorative sculptures in relation to classical Bharata Natyam. Being a performing artiste she has performed in numerous countries around the globe. She is a well known writer in Sri Lanka on dance and related topics. So far she has written twelve books and numerous articles in daily newspapers.
In 1991, she won the Esmond Wickermasinghe award for journalism. In 2008, she was conferred with the title ‘Kavin Kalayeyal Neeringaar ‘ from Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapalli.
She joined the Indian Cultural Centre Colombo as the first Bharata Natya teacher since its inauguration in 1998.