Acharya Choodamani Smt. Anitha Guha, one of the most popular Bharathanatyam teachers of Chennai is a disciple of Guru. Govindarajan Pillai of Bangalore. She had her initial exposure in this great art form from her mother and later had the opportunity to be under the guidance of Sri. Radhakrishnan and Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayanth.
From a very tender age, apart from solo performances, with god’s gift of grace, elegance, natural talent for choreography and love for dance dramas she staged a variety of ‘Nritya Natakams’ with her dance group in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
She played title roles like Radha, Valli, Mohini, Basmasura, Shiva, Urvasi with such finesse that the audiences marveled at her portrayal. Her adept portrayal of Urvasi won her the Minister’s Award in 1985.
In 1986, she moved to Chennai and founded Bharathanjali in 1989. Since then, she has been imparting to her students with love and dedication whatever has been bestowed upon her by the almighty. She is blessed with a wonderful talent of teaching Bharathanatyam to youngsters, and has the uncanny ability to bring out the best in each and every student. She has pioneered in moulding children of very early age to professional standards. Many of her students have blossomed into solo perfomers and have been performing in India and abroad, winning awards, titles and scholarships. She also has many students from abroad who come to perfect their natyam.
She has carved a niche for herself with several, much lauded Mythological Nritya Natakams and thematic dance productions. A cast of young students with fine dancing technique, a dramatic atmosphere and remarkable choreography have made her productions unique and appealing to one and all. Some of her noteworthy productions include Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Pada Kavitha Pitamaha, Chitrangadha, Koodiyirundhu Kulirndhelor Empavai, Sadha Venkatesam Smaraami Smaraami and Mahadevam Mahasenam Bhaje. Appreciated by the critics as the foremost Ballet producer of this generation, she had the wonderful opportunity of presenting her ballet ‘Koodiyirundhu Kulirndhelor Empavai’
as a three day dance festival during the Margazhi Season 2006 at Krishna Gana Sabha. The dance dramas have been presented and widely appreciated in multiple organizations and festivals all over the country. In 2011, she had the prestigious opportunity of working with great musicians, choreographing and presenting the ‘Kishkindha Kandam’ and ‘Sundara Kandam’ in the Ramayana series along with many senior gurus for the Cleveland Aradhana Festival.
Many of Bharathanjali’s students are recipients of the Bharath Kalachar scholarship since 1995 and the CCRT scholarship from the Govt of India. Her senior students have won prestigious awards and titles like ‘Yuva Kala Bharathi’, ‘Balashree’, ‘Nalanda Nipuna’, ‘Singar Mani’, 'Nrithya Mani', ‘Natya Chudar’,Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari Endowment Award for talent promotion from Natyarangam,Rohini Endowment Award,Rukmini Devi Arundale Award,Lakshmi Viswanathan Award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, setting exacting standards for the institution.
Anitha believes in hardwork, personal effort and perseverance. She draws great strength from a very strong faith in God. As her humble contribution to this great art, she founded the 'Bharathanjali Trust' which felicitates and honours exponents and senior artistes and upcoming dancers in the field of fine arts every year on Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's birthday celebrations.
Awards & Recognitions
From Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
From Bharath Kalachar
In memory of Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale from Lalitha Kala Academy Mysore & Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha Chennai
1999, 2000 and 2008 from the Indian Fine Arts Society
From Shanmugananda Sabha (Delhi)