Saturday, 2018-12-08 11:00 AM - Saturday, 2018-12-08 11:30 AM
birju, maharaj, navadisha, conference.

Inaugural speech by Smt Alarmel Valli

Conferment of Lifetime achievement award on pandit Birju Maharaj


Alarmel Valli

Alarmel Valli (born 14 September 1956) is an Indian classical dancer and choreographer, and the foremost exponent of the Pandanallur style Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam and also her own distinctive style.

She is the founder of Dipashikha, a centre for fine arts in Chennai, established in 1984, where she also teaches Bharatnatyam.

In 1991, Alarmel Valli was the second youngest dancer to be conferred the President’s award of Padmasri after Vyjayanthimala. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001 by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, followed by Padma Bhushan by Govt. of India in 2004.


Pandit Birju Maharaj

Brijmohan Mishra, popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj, (born 4 February 1938), is an exponent of the Handia (Rikhipur), Allahabad Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He is a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, which includes his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj. Even though dancing is his first love, he practices Hindustani classical music and is a vocalist.