By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 3 Nov: Transgender artist and Padma Shri awardee Dr Narthaki Nataraj performed Bharatnatyam dance for the students of Kasiga School, here, today.
Dr Nataraj performed a traditional repertoire of Bharatanatyam pieces and mesmerised the audience with her phenomenal moves and facial expressions.
On the occasion, she said, “I feel that dance is one of the most incredible ways to create connection with our bodies and fundamentally with our inner selves.”
She added, “I believe it was dance that gave me a means to express my femininity, which I was otherwise unable to. Dance has been an effective tool to realise my womanhood and to express its subtleties.”
Dr Narthaki specialises in the Thanjavur based Nayaka Bhava tradition and has become a known face associated with this dance form in India and abroad. She has performed at all leading festivals in India, USA, UK and Europe. She was bestowed with an honorary doctorate by Periyar Maniammai University.
Dr Narthaki is the first person from the trans community to receive a Padma Shri, the third highest civilian award in the country.
During the circuit, she also performed at DAV Public School and St Xavier’s School. She will also be performing at Kendriya Vidyalaya ITBP, MKP PG College and Doon Girls School.