(Last Updated on : 30/03/2015)
Vani Ganapathy is one of the well known Indian Bharatnatyam dancers
. She started learning dance
at the age of three and went on to establish herself as a foremost exponent of this dance form. She has performed Bharatnatyam
for many important dignitaries from India and abroad. She also runs a dance institution under the name 'Sanchari'.
Early Life of Vani Ganapathy
She began her journey with classical dance at the age of three. She started training in Kolkata
under T. A. Rajalakshmi and in three years she performed her arangetram. It was her first public performance at the age of seven. Since then the art form took a special place in her life. Later, her parents shifted to Mumbai
so she too had to shift her training under nattuvanars of the same bani (tradition) Gurus Mahalingam Pillai, Govindaraja Pillai and Kalyanasundaram. In her journey as a dancer
, she received complete support from her mother. It was her mother who inspired her to take dance seriously.
Career of Vani Ganapathy
She started performing at the age of seven. Since then she has travelled across the world for her performances. Her stint as a solo dancer began only in 1986 and she gave solo performances in various parts of the world. She performed in places like Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Nepal, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Geneva, Turin, Middle East and many countries. She also performed in duet with her sister Meera and both mesmerized the world of dance with their magnificent performances. They were often asked to perform at the Raj Bhavan
in Mumbai for every foreign or Indian dignitary who visited.
During mid seventies, she had the opportunity of presenting a television serial for Doordarshan
. The serial focused on the four main classical idioms of dance called "The Rich Heritage" under the young world programme. The serial marked Doordarshan's entry at the Blue Danube Festival in Europe. It was later telecast by B.B.C. Currently Vani resides in Bangalore
and runs a dance institution under the name 'Sanchari' where she trains various dedicated youngsters.
Personal Life of Vani Ganapathy
Vani tied the knot with actor Kamal Haasan
in 1978. However, the couple divorced ten years later.
Achievements of Vani Ganapathy
Sur Singar Samsad
Excellence Award from the then Chief Minister MG Ramachandran
Aryabhatta - Natya Shantala
Karnataka Excellence Award
Mantram Achievement Award