A unique and eminent artiste, nationally and internationally honoured and respected,
Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy has been in the field of Bharatanatyam for more than five-and-a-half decades.
Lauded as a 'celestial apparition', she is known for her refreshing spontaneity, grace and ease of performance. A rare combination of a dancer, teacher, choreographer and philosopher,what marks her recital is exuberance with an artistic restraint .
She is perhaps one of the rare Bharatanatyam dancers in India who has performed before the visiting dignitaries to India since 1956. To mention a few Bulganin & Krushchev, Shah of Iran, Emperor of Ethiopia, King of Afganisthan, Chou en Lai, Ho Chi Minh and many others, including a command performance for Pandit. Jawaharlal Nehru and
Smt. Indira Gandhi.
A graduate in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Mysore, she was the first Indian at the Randolph Macon's Women's College, Virginia, U.S.A, in 1964-65, sponsored as an international student and she majored in the World History of Dance, Studio arts and the Martha Graham technique in modern dance from Eleanor Struppa and western music from Elaine St. Vincent.
An A-Top artiste of the Doordarshan since 1976, her T.V. serial Bharatanjali, an appreciation of Bharatanatyam, the first of its kind on Doordarshan in 1981(13 episodes in B&W) and 1989 (8 episodes in Colour), is one of her superior contributions to dance.
As an artiste of outstanding calibre, she had the privilege of performing at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, on Human Rights Day in December 1981, on an invitation from the then Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim.
She has participated in several national and international seminars and has served on the board of several cultural committees.
She was on the Executive Board of The Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), New Delhi from 1988 to 1993.
She was the Vice-Chairperson of the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), New Delhi from 1998 to 2002.
She is currently the Member of the Society of National Council for Science Museums (NCSM) and also the Committee on National Policy on Culture.
She has also been awarded the unique honour of SeniorTeaching Associate of Indian Studies (Professor) by the Colgate University, New York, in December, 1995.
Shree Bharatalaya, an unique institution of fine arts founded by her in 1970, by Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy, for the dissemination of culture. Her institution is perhaps the only one of its kind in the nation that has produced valuable resource material, which is a unique contribution to the world of fine arts.
At the instance of Padmavibhushan
Smt. Kamaladevi Chattopadyay, she documented the famous "Arayar Sevai" of Srivilliputhur.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi has recorded her "Navasandhi" Nritta in 1981-1982.
The CCRT, New Delhi has produced a videocassette of her Ramayana-Balakanda, which was released by the Sankaracharya of Kanchi, H.H.Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji in 1993.
A few of the prestigious awards conferred on her include PADMASHRI (1988),
Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award (1984), Kalaimamani (1981)-(Tamil Nadu state award), Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwanmani (1996)-(Andhra Pradesh),
Kalashree (1999)-(Karnataka) Telugu Academy award among many others