Alarmel Valli

(born 14th September 1956)


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Alarmel Valli was born and brought up in Chennai, India where she did her schooling from The Sacred Heart Matriculation School, at Church Park, Chennai and later studied at the Stella Maris College, Chennai.
She has trained in the Pandanallur style of Bharat Natyam under Pandanallur Chokkalingam Pillai and his son Subbaraya Pillai. She has also studied music forms like Padams and Javalis under eminent musician T. Muktha, of the Veena Dhanammal style of music for many years.Valli is a leading Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry. Her dance has been described as – “uncompromisingly classical, but, at the same time, an undeniable language of self-expression.A few of the highlights of Valli’s career on the international scene would include her performances – at the Bolshoi Theatre, at the Theatre De La Ville, the Vienna International Dance Festival, The Munich Opera Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, the New York International Festival of Arts, the Avignon Festival, the Cervantino Festival, the Harbourfront Festival , the Min-On Association in Japan, the Venice Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, the Madrid Festival, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Helsinki Biennale, the Millennium festivals in Berlin and Bologna, the Brussels Spring Festival, The Asia in Helsinki Festival and the Frankfurt Alte Oper, The Israel Festival, The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.Amongst numerous awards received by Alarmél Valli, are two of India’s highest civilian honours –the Padmasri and the Padma Bhushan, conferred by the President of India, the Chevalier of Arts and Letters award from the French Government, the ‘Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris’, the award of The Sangeet Natak Akademy – the apex body for Indian Music, Dance and Drama and the State award of Kalaimamani from the Tamilnadu Government.The Films Division of India commissioned a film on her for the Indian National Archives. Titled ‘Pravahi’, it has been directed by eminent film-maker Arun Khopkar. A film on Alarmél Valli was also made for the Omnibus series, on BBC 2. She has been featured in dance documentaries by noted Indian producers like the late G. Aravindan and Prakash Jha, by the BBC (in The Spirit of Asia Series), the Nederlands Broadcasting Company, Arte (France) and Japanese National Television.

Swaralaya – A play between musical notes, rhythmic patterns of dance