Sri. Adyar K. Lakshman was discovered at a young age for
his exceptional musical and rhythmic talent.  He went on to
pursue thorough education in fine arts in the world acclaimed
Kalakshetra under the tutelage of eminent teachers including
Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale herself, the founder of Kalakshetra.

Sri. Lakshman underwent rigorous training in Vocal music,
Bharatanatyam, Mridangam, and Nattuvangam. Sri. Lakshman
founded in 1969 the 'Bharatha Choodamani' Academy of fine
arts in Chennai and ever since trained numerous professional

Sri. Lakshman received several awards for his outstanding
contribution to this art.  He received the prestigious 'Padma
Shree' award from the President of India in 1989.
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Smt. Bragha Bessell is the quintessential dancer, totally
immersed in the art of learning and in 'Abhinaya' - the emotional
aspects of the music she portrays. Smt. Bragha has been a senior
student of Sri. Adyar Lakshman and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan
and is renowned for her Abhinaya.  

Smt. Bragha has often played the lead roles in her teachers'
dance productions and also teaches at her guru's institute. With
many awards to her credit, she has given numerous performances
in India and abroad. She has made TV appearances in Belgium,
Netherlands, Germany, Japan and on AsiaNet.
Smt. Ratnam Janardhanan  was born in Kerala and trained
under Kalamandalam Mannadiyar and Sadanam Lakshmi Kutti
from a tender age.  She obtained Sangeet Visharad degree in
Bharatanatyam from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya

Smt. Ratnam later established her dance school 'Pratibha
Nritya Mandir' at Nagpur in 1983 to propogate and promote
the traditional art form.