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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedFebruary 15, 2012
TakenFebruary 13, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/60 sec at f/8
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Focal Length105 mm
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For me this is a Fabulous shot, I have ever taken in my life.....I salute to Shobana for a brilliant performance and a great fan for the great dancer. This photograph is dedicated with much respect for her outstanding performance.

My respect and love to Winky Vivas for his kind spotlight.......



Born into a family of dancers committed to the arts, Shobana is the niece of the legendary classical dancers - Travancore Sisters - Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini. It is only natural that Shobana followed in their footsteps starting her training in Bharatanatyam at a very early age.

Later, under the guidance of the distinguished exponent of Bharatanatyam Chitra Visweswaran, Shobana's dedication to this art form was further honed kindling a commitment beyond the ordinary. In 1984 after five years of intensive study at the Chidambaram Academy, Madras, she made her debut on stage proving her inherent gift as a fine dancer. Since then she has continued to perform to audiences of connoisseurs both in India and abroad. Her recitals abroad include the World Malayalee convention , in America in 1995,1985. Shobana has also performed in Kualalumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia. Her dance tours have taken her all over U.S.A, Europe, the whole of Southeast Asia and Australia.

Shobana has over the years performed in several of the Music and Dance Festivals in India. She has had the distinction of inaugurating the dance and music season in Madras 1992 at the Music Academy. - the bastion of classical art. She has also performed at the nationally acclaimed Surya festival in Trivandrum, Kerala in 1994, 1995, 1996 / 97.

As a Bharatanatyam dancer Shobana is known for her fine dedication of this classical art form. She is particularly known for her abhinaya, clarity of line and strong rhythmic command of the idiom.

In 1994 Shobana founded Kalarpana with the intention of committing herself to the propagation of the classical arts.The aim of Kalarpana is to organize yearly festivals throughout India. This will include performances of nationally and globally known artists to raise funds that will be ploughed back into training talented artists who are financially insecure. Under its umbrella, Kalarpana would like to extend its support to the handicapped and the environmental movement. This work was initiated in 1994 by organizing a remarkably successful evening of classical music and dance under the title of 'Bharatam'.

The Kalarpana School of dance has grown in stature and the students have carved a niche for themselves in the field of dance.

Shobana who is presently teaching Bharatanatyam in Madras has distinguished herself over the years in the field of films as a noted actress. She won the National Award for best actress of the year 1994 and Padmashri from the President of India in 2007.

In the Salute to Indian Dancers photo essay.

57 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    What a fabulous coup for the arts!!! Well done, Shobana!! This is a great story and shot, Saroj! This concept is akin to what has been done in Venezuela with El Sistema. Their star pupil is now conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    Wonderful capture and thanks for the narrative - I enjoyed it. Culture/tradition sharing is so important!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (15 Feb 2012):

    Thanks for the background. Nicely put.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    A beautiful capture of this multitalented lady. Thanks for including the essay. It gives so much depth to the meaning of your lovely photo.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    She is beautiful and so is this capture. Thank you for sharing her talent and passion.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    A very lovely theatrcal photograph.

  • rashmi a

    rashmi a gave props (15 Feb 2012):

    Brilliant capture

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    A terrific photo, and wonderful background information on this incredibly talented lady.

  • Raymond Clarke

    Raymond Clarke gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Great shot...well done!!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Excellent capture

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Great shot and story!

  • Rachelle Crockett

    Rachelle Crockett gave props (18 Feb 2012):

    Wow ~ I'd love to be able to watch this in person ~ Looks like such a beautiful show! Thanks for all the info on the dancer, too! What a great story :D

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (19 Feb 2012):

    Absolutely outstanding! Wonderful colors, lighting, and story. Excellent work, my friend!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    great shot!!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    great shot!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Feb 2012):

    Fabulous indeed.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):


  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    great dream!!!!!!!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote!

  • Sambit Chatterjee

    Sambit Chatterjee gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Outstanding work!!! Love to vote!


    JOE FAILK gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Back to Vote!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Saroj .This is one of your Best capture !!!!!!!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Perfect in all respect

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Gorgeous capture & I know personally how difficult it is!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Indeed fabulous. Voted.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    wonderful tones and a wonderful capture! voted!

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Fabulous focus! Beautiful detail, and color. Truly a best! Great Art!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    this is fantastic! voted.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (5 Apr 2012):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Outstanding portrait with masterful stage lighting and a also a very interesting narrative of this ladies background.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (5 Apr 2012):

    Forgot to mention that I voted.

  • Jayashree Shekar

    Jayashree Shekar said (5 Apr 2012):

    wow... its wonderful

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote on this outstanding image and story!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    so graceful and lovely...I am a big fan of all dance.....voted

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful shot

  • rashmi a

    rashmi a said (5 Apr 2012):

    Vote for you Dr. Saroj

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (5 Apr 2012):


  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (6 Apr 2012):

    wonderful! my vote.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Great photo and story -- a deserved vote here!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (8 Apr 2012):

    Great color, composition and timing. Yup, one of your bnest!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (8 Apr 2012):

    brilliant shot, got my vote

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (12 Apr 2012):

    Most excellent!

  • Abid Changazi

    Abid Changazi gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    This really is a fabulous shot, i like it. but personal speaking could be even better if you place her on thirds.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (14 Apr 2012):

    dramatic lighting, colours, contrast, and geometry are spectacular

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (15 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful woman, beautiful tones, beautiful picture. My vote

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (17 Apr 2012):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (18 Apr 2012):

    Brilliant and voted!!!!!!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (22 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful shot!! VOTED!!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    This entire series was so well done, and this one is especially great.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (19 May 2015):

    excellent Saroj!! voted!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (20 May 2015):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 May 2015):

    Back to vote!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 May 2015):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Jun 2015):

    Congratulations. Saroj, for this beautiful portrait getting featured in the blog!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (28 Jun 2015):

    Congrats for the Blog!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jun 2015):

    Congrats on making the blog!

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