C. V. Chandrasekhar
Born (1935-05-22) 22 May 1935 (age 88)
Occupation(s)Dancer, academician, choreographer
Years active1947–present[1]

C. V. Chandrasekhar (born 22 May 1935) is an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer, academician, dance scholar, composer, and choreographer. He retired as Head of the Faculty of Performing Arts of M.S. University, Baroda in 1992.[2] Professor Chandrashekhar and wife Jaya Chandrasekhar are one of the best known dancing couples of Bharata Natyam in India, during the 1970s and ’80s, they performed with their daughters Chitra and Manjari. Also, his grandchildren Viraj, Dhenuka, Harshavardhan and Amshuman have been of great support to him.[1] He now runs his own dance institution, Nrityashree, in Chennai.[3]

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Bharatnatyam in 1993, by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama,[4] and received the Kalidas Samman in 2008.[5][6] In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Early life and training

He did his M. Sc., and thereafter received a Post graduate diploma (Bharatanatyam),[2] after he trained at the internationally renowned Kalakshetra in Chennai, under the mentorship of Rukmini Devi Arundale, Karaikkal Saradambal, K.N. Dandaydhapani Pillai and others. He has received training classical music under teachers like Budulur Krishnamurthy Sastrigal and M.D. Ramanathan.[1]


Chandrasekhar started his dancing career in 1947, when there were few male dancers.[1] He served at the Banaras Hindu University and later joined M.S. University of Baroda, where he retired as the Head and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts in 1992. C.V. Chandrasekhar is a multi-faceted personality being a dancer, choreographer, researcher, musician, academician, composer and highly acclaimed teacher of Bharatanatyam.

He has been performing for the past six decades in India and all over the globe and is invited by many dancers the world over to teach and to choreograph. He continues to perform on stage well into his seventh decade.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d A tale of fortitude: C.V. Chandrasekhar and Jaya Chandrasekhar.. The Hindu, 25 January 2008.
  2. ^ a b "ARTISTE'S PROFILE". Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) website. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Professor C. V. Chandrasekhar". Archived from the original on 20 April 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Chandrasekhar chosen for Kalidas Samman". The Hindu. 22 August 2008. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008.
  6. ^ "With the timing of a juggler". The Hindu. 26 December 2008. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Spirited performance". The Hindu. 10 January 2003. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2010.((cite news)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)