An eminent personality in Indian dance, Padma Subrahmanyam is an outstanding
exponent of the art of Bharata. She was trained in Bharatanatyam under
Vashuvur Ramaiah Pillai and Mylapore Gouri Amma. She also studied music
The grammar and aesthetics of Padma Subrahmanyam’s art, based on her Sukha Lasya technique, visualizes the dance as the embodiment of primarily the melodic mode. Her choreography bears the imprint of her expertise as a dancer, musician and scholar. Her one woman ‘ballets’ like Ramaya Tubhya, Namah, Krishnaya Tubhyam Namah, Jaya Jaya Shankara and her Kuravanjis have won her wide acclaim. Her compositions based on the early Tevaram hymns of the seventh to ninth centuries are notable additions to the dance repertoire. She has successfully adapted works of different languages for her dance.
Director of the Nrityodaya School of Dance in Madras, she has also produced a Telefilm, Bharatiya Natya Shastra.
Padma Subrahmanyam is a recipient of the Kalaimamani title, the Padma
Shri, and the Kalidas Samman. She received the Sangeet Natak Akademi
Award in 1983.