Prathibha Prahlad

Prathibha Prahlad (b 1962) is a Bharata Natyam dancer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, and author. She was the founder director of the Delhi International Arts Festival.

Personal life

Prathibha Prahlad was born on January 29, 1962, in Mysuru, India. Prahlad's passion for dance allegedly began at the age of four which encouraged her to first join her neighbor's dance class between ages four and eight.[1] She began her dance journey without any formal training but with the support of her parents who realized her talent and encouraged her. She had her early training in dance under U.S Krishna Rao,[2] Kalanidhi Narayanan and V.S. Muthuswamy Pillai and in Kuchipudi under Vempatti Chinna Satya. By the time she was 20, she was an established professional dancer. Her career has taken her to platforms all over India and to festivals in over 50 countries.[3]

Prahlad has a post-graduate degree in Mass Communications and has contributed articles to newspapers as well as producing, directing and acting in television serials. She has also authored books on dance and related subjects. Prahlad's book on Bharatnatyam was the number 2 bestseller for 10 years on Amazon after publishing and it has been reprinted various times. She is also a highly respected speaker at TEDx and many more memorial talks at educational institutions.[4]


Prahlad founded both the Prasiddha Foundation and the Forum For Art Beyond Borders.[5][6] She is artistic director and choreographer for the Prasiddha Dance Repertory[7] and founder director of the Delhi International Arts Festival.[8][9] She has sat on several government cultural committees and was the convener of the Culture Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.[10]


Awards and titles

The Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri in 2016. She is also the recipient of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for dance (2001). She has received the Karnataka State Government Award (2001), Sangeet Nritya Academy Award of Karnataka (1997) and several other awards as well [12][13]


  1. ^ "The unmatched Prathibha". Afternoon Voice.
  2. ^ "Profile - U S Krishna Rao (1912 – 2005)". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  3. ^ Kumar, Ranee (29 November 2018). "DIAF: A melange of cultures". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  4. ^ Prahlad, Pratibha. "Smt. Prathibha Prahlad Personal Profile" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Prasiddha Foundation | Prathibha Prahlad". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Forum For Art Beyond Borders Trust In New Delhi Delhi New Delhi - NGO Foundation". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  7. ^ "South Indian Dance Troupe Led by Padmashri Prathibha Prahlad Performs at CEU | Central European University". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  8. ^ "DIAF". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  9. ^ Kumar, Ranee (29 November 2018). "DIAF: A melange of cultures". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  10. ^ Prahlad, Pratibha. "Smt. Prathibha Prahlad" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Prathibha Prahlad". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Overview | Prathibha Prahlad". Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Making India a cultural power". Governance Now. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2021.


  1. ^ "THE RHYTHM CONNECTS". No. 10 Oct 2015. Daily Pioneer. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Living Dance, Loving Life". The Hindu. No. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Prathibha prahlad". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Prathibha prahlad". No. 6 December 2008. Tribune India. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Bhartanatyam by Prathibha Prahlad". Spicmacaydoon. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2016.