Shyamala Surendran is a renowned dancer, recipient of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award in 2005 and a member of ICCR's (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) panel of artists. She has become an integral part of the cultural growth of Kochi ever since she started her Dharani School of Performing Arts. Dharani, with nearly 200 students, is today a dancing school with a difference. Shyamala Surendran and her students have held dance performances in several parts of India and abroad, earning rave reviews everywhere. There is no age for art forms. Shymala Surendran says that dance has brought her back to her roots and made her understand the value of culture. It helped to understand the universality of God much better and value the old scriptures.
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