Endowed with a sprightly stage presence, Manaswini Sridhar Balakumar brings to her audience a refreshing presentation of Bharathanatyam, exhibited through her strong sense of rhythm, scintillating nritta and lively abhinaya.
Her abilities were recognized very early and she has been the recipient of numerous awards at both interschool and intercollegiate levels, apart from having won all round appreciation and accolades from the press and public.
On one of her Bharatanatyam performances during chennai music season, THE HINDU said, “With single minded focus, Manaswini quickly established herself as a dancer with excellent timing.expressive face, supple body, her natural stage persona translated into easy and effective elaborations” .
At the tender age of nine, during her Arangetram, Manaswini had the rare privilege of being blessed by the Great Danseuse Naattiya Peroli Padmini when she said she could see a ” Little Shobana” in her.
Enjoying the fruits of her Guru’s benevolence, Manaswini presented Shathathama Ranga Pravesham which marked her 10th year as a performing dancer and 100th rendition of her Guru’s productions. She acknowledges her sincere thanks to her Guru and she believes that “Shathathama Ranga Pravesham is an excellent outcome of her 10 year Guru Shishya relationship and it is this bond that took her knowledge forward in her every rendition.
Currently, Manaswini resides in Washington,USA practicing nattuvangam under Guru Hemanth Lakshman and has established her own institution “Spandana Classical Arts” teaching students from India and USA aimed at sharing the knowledge that she has gained in her 20 years.