Shobana, disciple of smt. Chitra Visweswaran, has performed with artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayak Ram, Sonal Mansingh and Padma Subramanyam. Shobana branched out as an independent, performer and choreographer in her twenties.
Shobana the institutionalist-She set up Kalarpana Trust in 1994 to impart training in all aspects of dance. Today, Kalarpana benefits 92 students, mostly girls from the poorer classes and extend its support to the handicapped and the environmental movement.
The students of Kalarpana are scholarship holders of the
- Centre For Culture and Resources – Central Government the recipient of awards yuva kala bharati, Balasaraswati Award from the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Laya kishoria Sundaram.
- Kalarpana has a branch in Muscat Oman which presently teaches 80 students as well as Kuwait.
Grade of “A TOP” at the National Doordarshan Kendra Delhi, 2000
Shobana the Choreographer: Shobana’s basic training in the mridangam for laya and tala; the flute has given her a rare insight into all dimensions of choreography and composing. She has recently been awarded the padmasri for her contribution to bharatantyam and cinema winning two national awards and three state and 4 Filmfare awards to mention a few.
Featuring works of contemporary poets like javed akhtar,Dr Hridaya, Kavalam Narayana Panikker on woman’s emancipation through arts.
Sampradaya – From myth to modernity – 2003
Sur taal srigaar based on bharatanatyam to Hindustani and sufi music
Nrithyollasa – 1999
A marga based repetoire based on the joy of dance
Navarasa – 2000
Dance choreography featured on emotions ustad zakir hussain,ganesh kumaresh and thavil maestro vikku vinayak ram
Naadhamum Natyamum 1997
Visualizing thavil maestro vallayapatty subramaniam’s rhythm is a much sought after program for its visual aesthetics and electrifying pure rhythm patterns in Bharathanatyam.