Anita Ratnam is one of the most talented and accomplished dancers of India. She has been trained as a Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam as well as a Kathakali dancer and is counted amongst the best choreographers of the South.
Anita is also handling the responsibility of being a cultural commentator, writer and speaker on the performing arts. One needs to applaud her for the role she is playing in the promotion of Indian dance internationally. Get more information on the life history of Anita Ratnam with this biography. She created a unique dance style which she has coined "Neo Bharat Natyam".
Anita received formal training in dance from Adyar K. Lakshmanan. Later, she enrolled herself in Rukmini Devi Arundale's 'Kalakshetra' for a Postgraduate diploma in Dance. She is a trained Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniattam dancer. Anita completed her Master's degree in Theatre and Television from the University of New Orleans. Then, she worked as a Television Producer in the United States for a period of approximately ten years. As an appreciation of her work, Anita was nominated for the Emmy and Ace awards. Anita also made a foray into films and played the role of an antagonist in Rajiv Menon's famous movie, 'Kandukondain Kandukondain'.
Anita wrote Natya Brahman, a book for dance students, and also served as the editor and publisher of 'Narthaki', a directory of Indian dance. She is the Founder-Director of 'Arangham', an organization based in Chennai that is involved in the promotion of performing arts. She regularly takes part in dance and theatre seminars in foreign destinations, right from the Far East to Europe to United States. Anita is one of the main persons responsible behind the initiation of 'The Other Festival', held in Chennai every December for promotion of contemporary Indian dance. In her career of three decades, she has given over 1000 performances in 15 countries and made immense contribution in the field of classical dance.
Over the years, she has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the performing arts in India and abroad as a choreographer, scholar and cultural activist.