Shobana & More

Shobana
Ms. Shobana, is the only artiste in the history of Indian Art who has excelled in the fields of Classical dance, Feature film and as an Institutionalist.

Exponent Of Bharatanatyam

Born into a family of legendary dancers, the Travancore sisters - Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, Shobana was initiated in the art by the legendary Guru Smt K J Sarasa for a few years.

It was the illustrious Bharatanatyam exponent and performing guru - Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran who honed the passion in the young artiste at the Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts.

The intricacies of the style as well as its academic nature, kept her pre occupied with performing even though she had a full time film career side by side.

Ms. Shobana branched out as an independent choreographer and teacher in her early twenties.

Other than the rigid technique that was being popularized, she pursued developing what she thought as natural movement. She lent a poetic and fluid grace to Bharatanatyam.

She developed natural movements of feminine that came from within the deepest feelings of the body. The dance which is contained in cosmic geometry was also seen in circles. She trained in reaching out from the core of the body to all dimensions of the circle of cosmic geometry.

Ms. ‘Shobana’s craft was an ingenious combination of accentuated sound, showmanship and mood. As a cascading synthesis of form and communication with plenty of lissome movements and decorative nritta sections being prominent features’

The distinct essence of her dance style is of music visualization, of movement that equals the timbres, dynamics and structural shapes of music as well as its rhythmic base. From this philosophy of movement, stemmed diverse classical choreographies while unbendable layers of code is masked by a bohemian approach.

Her repertoire consists of classical ‘Padams’ and ‘Varnams’ which are the base for traditional Bharatanatyam emoting as well as choreographies ranging from western classical music and the Sufi style of music. 'It was the dancer's unstinting connection with her art that was the real appeal, and thereby was Shobana’s forte. That moment where she tied one episode in space and time to another, with total conviction was unforgettable’.

Exponent of Bharatnatyam

Ms. Shobana’s interpretation of the Art form inspired collaborations with masters of other traditions Dr. Padma Subramaniam, Sonal mansingh, U. Shrinivas, Ganesh Kumaresh and Masters of Percussion Valayapatti Subramaniam, Vikku Vinayak Ram, Bikram Ghosh and Shivamani.

"Global Achievement for performing arts" AMMA 2015
"Life Time Achievement Award" Kartik fine arts 2015
"Kalaratna" Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi 2013
"Bharata Kala Ratna" Trinity arts festival 2013
"Nrithya Kala Nipuna" Mylapore Fine Arts 2012
"Arch of excellence" All India achievers conference 2012
"Kalaimamani" Govt of Tamil Nadu 2011
"Nrithya Choodamani" Sri Krishna Gana Sabha 2007
"Padmasri" Government of India 2006
"Grade A TOP" National Doordarsan Kendra 2000
"Nadana Mamani" Kartik Fine Arts 1997
"Bharata Kalaratna" Bharathalaya 1996
"Yuva Kala Bharathi" Bharat Kalachar 1995
"Natya Jothi" Indian Fine Arts, Australia 1994
"Natya Ratna" Deccan Fine Arts, Secunderabad 1992
Choreography on feature films-

Choreographed and shot classical dance sequences in 4 feature films revolving around the classical art form. 2 of them won the national film awards in respective years.

Dance like a man – directed by Pamela Rooks Winner of the national film award for the best feature film {2003}

Manichitra Thazhu – directed by Fazil Winner of the national film award for wholesome entertainment {1993}

Raavan - 2009 directed by Maniratnam .

Kochadaiyaan - 2012 Rajinikanth starrer directed by Soundarya.

Music Videos
  • Kabhie kabhie – featuring Mr Amitabh Bachchan
  • Vande Matram - A.R Rahaman
  • Technology and Dance - shot for President Bill Clinton
An accomplished female Actor-

The realization that working in a film set was a creative and peaceful process, as opposed to a chore, led her to pursue a career of a child actor at the age of nine. She was featured in films Mangala Nayaki, Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya, winning the best child actor award in 1979.

The veteran Tamil film director K.Balachander recognizing her potential, cast her as the female lead in the film ‘Enakkul Oruvan’ opposite Dr. Kamalhaasan.

Shobana simultaneously worked in the Malayalam film ‘April 18’ – The Malayalam film other than being a commercial success brought her recognition for her sensitive portrayal of a young housewife. Her following films were a commercial success and there was no looking back.

She went on to act in 225 feature films in both Commercial and Alternative cinema- 6 Indian Languages, among them the popular ones were

Shobana Films
  • April 18th - Balachandra Menon
  • Kanamarayath - I v Sasi
  • Ithiripoove chuvanna poove - Bharatan
  • Innale - Padmarajan
  • Vasthuhara - Aravindan
  • Anatharam - Adoor Gopalakrishnan
  • Yaathra - Balumahendra
  • Manichitrathazhu - Fazil
  • Thenmaavin kombath - Priyadarsan Malayalam
  • Pakshe - Mohan Malayalam
  • Rudraveena - K Balachander Telugu
  • Apna asman - Kaushik Roy Hindi
  • Rowdy alludu - Raghavendra Rao Telugu
  • Ithu namma aalu - K Bhagyaraj

'Winner of TARA RANI the Best Actress Award for the past twenty five years of Malayalam cinema.- Malayalam Manorama.'

Prem Nazir Award for excellence Thira 2013
Best actress – vanitha Thira 2013
Best actress – Jai Hind TV awards Thira 2013
Kashmir to Kerala social foundation Life Time Achievement 2013
Best Actress Film Fare Thenmavin Kombathu 1994
Women of the Year 1994
Kumudam lux Award Manichitra Thazhu 1994
National Award Manichitra Thazhu 1993
Best Actress Kerala State Manichitra Thazhu 1993
Nana Popular 1995
Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Cinema Malayalee Club 1995
Sriram International Excellence Award in the field of Cinema 1995
Best Actress Film Fans Sindhoora Rekha 1995
Cinema Express Mazhayethumunbe 1995
Best Actress Film Fare Innalae 1990
Best Actress Film Fare Ayiram Kanugal 1986
Best Actress Cinema Express Rareeram 1986
Nana Gallipol Best New face Award April 18 th 1984
Film Critics Best New Face Award April 18 th 1984
Best child Artiste Award Mangala Nayaki 1979 (Devar Virudhu)
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