Rajeswari Sainath

Rajeswari has established herself as an outstanding Bharatanatyam dancer over the last 42 years. The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of her is rigour, followed closely by classical purity and a mastery of rhythm. A disciple of Indira Rajan, she has collaborated closely with percussion legend Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, and with jazz and folk artists such as those at the Australian Art Orchestra. On stage, Rajeswari transforms into a flaming spirit that reaches out to every member of the audience. Watching her dance is a spiritual and aesthetic feast that lingers in your heart long after the performance has ended.

She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Rajiv Pratibha Puraskar from the government of Andhra Pradesh; the Vikas Shiromani Puraskar from the Indian Institute of Economic Studies, New Delhi;  and the Nrityakala Sagara from Kalasagaram, Secunderabad.
They say that a dancer’s legacy is carried forward through her students. Rajeswari has trained a number of successful protégés, instilling in them both discipline and passion. Her daughter and disciple, Vyshnavie, is blossoming into one of the finest exponents of dance among the younger generation. Rajeswari is also the director of ‘Sruthi Laya Kendra Natarajaalaya’, an institute founded by Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani.