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Urvashi Shobana & troupe

Shobana is a celebrated actress who has won the Indian National best actress award (and hence the title Urvashi) twice and is also an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer who runs a dance school who has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas. Shobana has performed extensively across the world as well as in several Music and Dance Festivals in India. As a Bhartanatyam dancer, Shobana is renowned for her fine dedication to the classical art form. She is known to possess an exquisite understanding of the Abhinaya, a clarity of line and a strong rhythmic command of the idiom.In 1994, Shobana founded Kalarpana with the objective of committing herself to the propagation of the classical arts. She has won innumerable national and international accolades in her illustrious dual interests of dance as well as acting!

Some of her long list of accolades include the following

Awarded first prize at the Pongal festival by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha 1990

Natya Ratna (Awarded by Deccan Fine Arts, Secundrabad) 1992

Natya Jothi (Awarded by Indian Fine Arts, Australia) 1994

Yuva Kala Bharthi (Awarded by Bharat Kalachar) 1995

Natya Mayuri 1995 Bharata Kalaratna (Awarded by Bharathalaya) 1996

Nadana Mamani (Awarded by Karthik Fine Arts) 1997

Ugadi Purskhar 1998

Best Child Artists Award (Devar Virudhu) Mangala Nayaki 1979

Film Critics Best New Face Award (April 18th) 1984

Nana Gallipol Best New Face Award (April 18th) 1984

Best Actress Cinema Express (Rareeram) 1986

Best Actress Film Fare (Ayiram Kanugal) 1986

Best Actress Film Fare (Innalae) 1990

Best Actress Kerala State Government (Manichitra Thazhu) 1993

National Best Actress Award (Manichitra Thazhu) 1993

Kumudam Lux Award (Manichitra Thazhu) 1994

Best Actress Film Fare (Thenmavin Kombathu) 1994

Woman of the year 1994

Best Actress Film Fans (Sindhoora Rekha) 1995

Cinema Express (Mazhay Ethumunbe) 1995

Sriram International Excellence Award in the field of Cinema 1995

Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Cinema Malayalee Club 1995

Nana Popular 1995

Bharata Kalaratna (Awarded by Bharathalaya) 1996

Nadana Mamani (Awarded by Karthik Fine Arts) 1997

Ugadi Purskhar 1998

National Best Actress Award (Mitr - My Friend) 2002

Born into a family of dancers committed to the arts, Shobana is the niece of the legendary classical dancers - Travancore Sisters - Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini. It is only natural that Shobana followed in their footsteps starting her training in Bharatanatyam at a very early age.

Later, under the guidance of the distinguished exponent of Bharatanatyam Chitra Visweswaran, Shobana's dedication to this art form was further honed kindling a commitment beyond the ordinary. In 1984 after five years of intensive study at the Chidambaram Academy, Madras, she made her debut on stage proving her inherent gift as a fine dancer. Since then she has continued to perform to audiences of connoisseurs both in India and abroad. Shobana has performed in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia. Her dance tours have taken her all over U.S.A, Europe, the whole of Southeast Asia and Australia.

Shobhana's skilled execution of dance movements and her extraordinary beauty has led many people to consider her as the most beautiful South Indian actress from the 1980s through the 1990s. She is often equaled to the curvaceous beauty of South Indian sculptures.

Shobana and her troupe of outstanding dancers from Kalarpana will be performing for their very first full length dance performance in Singapore for this event.

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