Murugashankari Leo is an ancient Indian classical dance form which is known for its beauty, grace and uniqueness. Murugashankari Leo performs this world renowned art form Bharatanatyam dance and has given many recitals across India and in other countries.
Murugashankari Leo runs an institution named Kalai Koodam, an Academy of Performing Arts in Chennai where training in Bharatanatyam is imparted. She is also trained in Carnatic music and Nattuvangam.
Early Life of Murugashankari Leo
Murugashankari Leo hails from a family of artistes. Her father Leo Prabu is a dramatist, television personality and a cine actor in Tamil movies. He is the recipient of ‘Kalaimamani’, the highest state award by the Government of Tamil Nadu for Tamil Theater. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 5 from the legendary dance teacher ‘Kalaimamani’ K.J.Sarasa. Later she completed her Arangetram (debut performance) under the guidance of ‘Kalaimamani’ Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala.
Early Career of Murugashankari Leo
Though Murugashankari Leo was a Chemical Engineer by education, she made a conscious decision of pursuing her passion and following her dreams. Murugashankari Leo completed her Masters in Bharatanatyam from the Bharathidasan University and is now a Research scholar. Murugashankari has performed in all major sabhas and prestigious dance festivals all over India and has presented her concerts in Malaysia and Singapore. A list of a few
Later Career of Murugashankari Leo
The achievements of Murugashankari Leo as an actor are well known in Tamil Nadu. Murugashankari Leo is an alumnus of Adarsh Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chennai and went on to do her Chemical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering.
Theatre Career of Murugashankari Leo
Murugashankari Leo played the lead in Stage Image's latest Tamil Drama Neruppu Kolangal. This play was very well received in Chennai, with articles in the press commending the play and Murugashankari Leo’s acting in it. This play incorporates in it, the classical dance and a song both rendered by Murugashankari Leo which is its unique attraction.