Smt. Savitha Venkatapathy is a Carnatic vocalist and Bharatanatyam dancer trained under eminent gurus. An engineer by education, she has been tenaciously focused to simultaneously pursue her passion in arts.
Her Bharatanatyam journey started at the age of 8. She did her arangetram in 2005 under Smt. Lalitha Subramaniam and later joined Sri Mudhraalaya for advance training. Under the able tutelage and guidance of Kala Acharya Shirimoni Guru Dr. Lakshmi Ramaswamy, she learnt the nuances of the art form in Vazhuvoor paani which is known for its grace. Eager to learn the intricacies of the art-form, she also nurtured nattuvangam techniques, theory and abhinaya from her Guru for the last 14 years.
Her music journey started at the age of 6 from various gurus. Adept training in Carnatic music under Smt. Padma Sandilyan, makes her a multi-faceted artist whose music complements her dance and vice versa. She has given vocal concerts in various temples, sabhas in Chennai and Chicago Balaji temple. She performed as a singer for dance on many occasions including Bharath Kalachar and Tiruvarur Natyanjali. She served as the secretary of Carnatic Music Association of Indianapolis(CMAI) in 2018.
She has performed in 50+ prestigious stages in India and US. She has presented Bharatanatyam in different formats including solos, duets, group productions in several well-known sabhas including Narada Gana sabha, Indian Fine arts, South zone cultural academy, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, VDS arts academy, Tanjore Natyanjali. She was gifted to participate in many group productions of her Guru, who is well-known for her intricate choreography skills. Sangamum Sangamamum, Purananuru, Sundara Kandam, Tiruvaranga Kalambagam are few of her Guru’s productions she was part of. She did Bharatanatya Arangetram of her student in 2015 at Chennai. With a flair for research in dance, she is currently pursuing MA Bharatanatyam with Madras university.
Smt Jayanthi Subramaniam
“The programme was not only an audio-visual treat, but also a lot of food for the soul. Seldom do we come across programs where you find the artist totally immersed in what she was doing. Her dance was visual poetry. I must also compliment Lakshmi Ramaswamy for the tremendous work she is doing. Seldom do you find teachers who are so generous in sharing their knowledge with the students. “
She was selected as the best dancer of VDS Arts academy in the year 2009 under their talent revealing opportunity programme and also made her guru proud by getting her the best teacher award for the program. “This evening’s programme was like a PhD thesis unfolding itself, a thesis on music, dance literature. The programme was not only an audio-visual treat, but also a lot of food for the soul. Seldom do we come across programs where you find the artist totally immersed in what she was doing. Her dance was visual poetry. I must also compliment Lakshmi Ramaswamy for the tremendous work she is doing. Seldom do you find teachers who are so generous in sharing their knowledge with the students. The talent revealing programme was such a mature and professional presentation. Hats off to Lakshmi for that.” Said the veteran dance Guru Smt. Jayanthi Subramaniam while addressing the gathering on that day.
Ten years later, she continues to preserve the passion for her natya even with a 3-year old daughter. She once again made her Guru proud by getting selected as the best solo dancer by Parthasarathy Swami Sabha for her solo recital in March 2019.
Born and raised in Chennai, she is multi-lingual and also has keen interest in research in the field of arts. She was working with an IT firm for 4 years. She also used to freelance for Storytrails India pvt Ltd as a story-teller. But Natya is her true calling and she strives to pursue the artform in all sincerity under all circumstances.
Apart from being an ardent learner and performer of Natya, she also enjoys taking up the responsibility of passing on the spirit of natya imbibed from her Guru Dr Lakshmi Ramaswamy by teaching to aspiring kids.