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Madhu Natraj [Kathak Exponent]

Madhu is the founder Director and Choreographer of the Natya Stem Dance Kampni. She studied Kathak from her mother, internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer/choreographer Guru Maya Rao, and from Smt. Chitra Venugopal and Guru Munna Shukla. Madhu graduated with distinction from the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography and trained in contemporary dance from Karen Potter at the Jose Limon Centre, New York.

She has also studied various movement disciplines like, Kalari Payattu, Thaang ta, Iyengar Yoga, Pedagogy, Body mind centering, and Folk Dances of India. Presented by prestigious organizations, such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi, zonal centers of the Government of India, ICCR (as a performing member of the Natya institute of Kathak & Choreography), Madhu has performed at various cultural centres at National and International dance festivals around India, UK, UAE, Europe and USA.

Apart from being on the panel of important Design and Academic institutions, she has been invited on many occasions to design programmes and Choreographic works for prestigious cultural organizations like the Arts council of Britain, Indian Cultural Heritage center, Dallas, London Arts, Shrishti school of Art, design & technology, Crafts council of India, IIT, to name a few. Her Kathak and contemporary Indian Dance performances have won her accolades from audiences and the media. Madhu also did her post graduation in Journalism from the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

As Director of STEM (Space Time Energy Movement) Dance Kampni and choreographer of the NATYA STEM Dance ensemble, Madhu works with a team of eminent artistes, designers, dancers, and musicians exploring entirely new possibilities for productions.
She also conducts and designs programmes for different target audience like educational institutions, high profile Corporates, NGOs, women's organisations and physically/mentally challenged children. Madhu believes that tradition and modernity need to co exist and that reflects in her Dance ideology.

Major Performances

  • Khajuraho Dance Festival 2005
  • Hampi Utsav 1995,2005
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Choreography Festivals
  • 50 years of Independence, UAE, USA (1997,1998,1999)
  • Uday Shankar Festival, Calcutta (1998), Delhi (2002)
  • Darpana Academy, Ahmedabad (1999)
  • Shruti Mandal, Jaipur (1999)
  • NCPA Choreography Festival, Mumbai (2000),
  • International Women's Meet,IHC, New Delhi (2000)
  • Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai (2001)
  • Natya Kala Conference, Chennai (2002)
  • The Other Festival, Chennai (2002)
  • Soorya Festival, Kerala (1995, 96, 97,2003,2004)
  • Vasanthahabba, Bangalore (2003)
  • Babylon International Festival 1996
  • Facets, Biennial International Choreography Festival (2002 & 2004)
  • Aditya Birla Awards, Mumbai (2002)
  • Kathak Mahostav, New Delhi (2003), Lucknow(2003)
  • Centenary of Jnanapeeth Awardees- Kuvempu, Masti Venkatesh Iyengar
  • Waterman's Center, London, UK (2003)
  • Global Dharma Conference, USA (2003)
  • San Antonio Dance Festival, USA (2003)
  • India Cultural Heritage Society, Dallas, USA (2003)
  • Chidambaram Festival, 1989, 2004
  • Dharani International Festival 2004