Smitha Rajan one of India's best and internationally acclaimed Mohiniyattam performers, is well known for the spiritual intensity with personified grace, that she brings to the stage. She comes from a very rich classical tradition, which spans more than three generations. She is the granddaughter of one of India’s finest classical dance performers, (Late) Guru Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and the mother of Mohiniyattam, (Late) Guru Kalamandalam Kallyanikutty Amma. Recipient of numerous accolades which includes the Sangeetha Natak Academy Puraskar, Smitha has been performing for the past 4 decades with at most adherence to the puritan classical tradition of Mohiniyattam which is well documented by her legendary grandmother. Natural learning opportunity Smitha received under her legendary grandparents, her mother, Guru Sreedevi Rajan and her aunt, Guru Kala Vijayan had laid in her the unique blend of lasya (grace) and abhinaya (facial expression). Smitha got the rare opportunity to extensively travel along with her grandmother, assisting her during her lecture demonstrations and master classes conducted for Mohiniyattam. Her abhinaya and gestures were fine-tuned by the great Krishnan Nair himself which has tuned in her the ability to transform and enact multiple characters in this Eka aharya (single costume) dance style as a solo performer.

          Well versed in Kathakali, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi as well, since her early teens, her primary focus has been Mohiniyattam and commitment to the rich heritage handed over to her by her legendary grandmother. Smitha’s artistic excellence as a teacher and performer is been illustrated across the western worlds for the past 17 years. With her wide teaching experience, which spans more than 3 decades she has numerous students around the globe, many of whom are well known dancers in respective fields. Her pursuit for excellence in Mohiniyattam had brought to her numerous critical acclaims from well-known critics in NY Times and other prestigious publications. Smitha spends her time both in USA and India, and attends major dance festivals in USA and India apart from her world tours. She is the artistic director of the institution, Nrithyakshetra (Temple of Dance), based in St.Louis, Missouri.

  

She resides in Saint Louis, USA, with her husband, Mr. Jyotis Balasubramanian and her two children, Jaidev and Abinav.

Recent Productions:

KRISHNAAYAM A JOURNEY THROUGH THE LIFE OF LORD KRISHNA FROM HIS CHILDHOOD NAUGHTY DAYS TO ADOLESCENCE
DASAVATAR BASED ON JAYADEVA’S ASHTAPADI A PRODUCTION FOR SAMSKRITA BHARATI, NY
RAMASAGARAM A POETRIC PRODUCTION FOR MALAYALAM POET SRI. S RAMESHAN NAIR’S WORK
PRUTHA THE SORROW OF KUNTHI OR PRUTHA A PRESENTATION IN MOHINIYATTAM
RAMAYANAM A BALLET BASED ON SRI SWATI TIRUNAL’S KRITI BHAVAYAAMI
STREE SHAKTHI IN MOHINIYATTAM (WOMEN EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EPIC, MYTHICAL AND HISTORICAL STORIES)
SHVA SHAKTHI DANCE DRAMA, NATARAJA ARDHANA PRODUCTION
JHANSI RANI SAPTHAM IN MOHINIYATTAM (STORY OF RANI LAKSHMI BAI OF JHANSI)
TRIBUTE TO MASTERS (A PRODUCTION IN MOHINIYATTAM AND KATHAKALI)
RAMAYANA SAPTHAM (STORY OF RAMA FROM EPIC RAMAYAN)
Karuna A DANCE DRAMA BASED ON THE POEM BY MAHAKAVI KUMARANASAN, PRODUCED BY DOORDARSHAN (NATIONAL TELEVISION OF INDIA)

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