Guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer
Sridevi Nrithyalaya, which specialises in the Melattur style of Bharatanatyam, was founded in the year 1987. The founder of the school, Dr. Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan has produced many successful solo dance artistes and promising dance teachers, along with an entrancing contribution of more than 500 solo dances, 35 thematic presentations and 16 mega dance dramas. Sridevi Nrithyalaya has 4 Bal Shree Awardees, recipients of the highest honour awarded by the Govt. of India to talented children in the field of Creative Performance. Students of Nrithyalaya have won prestigious prizes, towering titles and august awards, fetching laurels to themselves and to the much beloved Teacher, Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan.
With due credit to the splendorous choreography of Smt. Sheela and the unmatched training imparted on the students, Sridevi Nrithyalaya has been invited to perform in many glorious dance shows and festivals in India and abroad. Performing Bharathanatyam at London Olympics Park during London Olympics – 2012 by five of Nrithyalaya’s artistes along with 80 others from India is one that is worth mentioning. Sridevi Nrithyalaya moves on spreading the marvels of Melattur style with the motto, “Dancing is Bliss”, conveying faith in hard work, sincerity and dedication. Inculcating Indian culture and tradition to the young generations worldwide is the primary aim of training in Sridevi Nrithyalaya.