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Meenu Thakur [Kuchipudi Exponent]


National Nritya Shiromani Awardee 2015
Rashtriya Nirman Puraskar Awardee 2015
Safari South Asia Travel Awardee 2016
Swami Vivekananda and Sister Margaret Awardee 2016
Recipient of the Global Fashion and Design Week Award 2017

National Nritya Ratna Awardee 2017

Mob: +91-9910916281, 9873696737. Website :www.meenuthakur.com

One of the leading Kuchipudi dance exponents, Meenu Thakur was inducted into dance from childhood, she learnt Kathak for five years before she decided to take up the serious study of “Kuchipudi” the traditional dance style of Andhra Pradesh.

With training by renowned guru Smt. Swapnasundari, Natyacharya Pasumurthy Sitaramaiya, and Padmashri Guru
Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao, dance has become an integral part of Meenu’s life. Meenu has flair and grace for an efflorescent dance style like Kuchipudi. Her style represents a combination of the feature of
“Purusha Sampradaya” (Original male dance tradition) of Kuchipudi and its “Anuroopa” (Transformation of the male dance style into female interpretation). She has excellent command over technique and Abhinaya. Dedication and sincerity has been the salient qualities of this gifted danseuse. She is the prominent face of Kuchipudi dancers of the day, having performed in various national and international fora with aplomb and refinement, she has carved a niche for herself.

Endowed with grace and charm, a mobile visage and attractive stage presence, Meenu is a devoted dancer and her achievements over the last decade, bear testimony, to the massive strides she has taken in the field of classical dance.

Professional Qualifications

  • Learnt Kuchipudi dance from Padma Bhushan Swapnasundari for 6 years
  • Learnt Kuchipudi dance from Guru Pasumurthy Sitaramayya for 3 years
  • Learnt Kuchipudi from Padma Shri Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao for twelve years

Work Experience
Worked as Cultural Coordinator in New Delhi Municipal Council Cultural Wing.

Experience as an Artiste
Actively performing for the last 25 years as a Kuchipudi Artiste
Conduced New Delhi Municipal Council summer workshops for 13 years.
Founder Director of “SURAMYA”; A registered institution of performing arts.
Empanelled artist (Established category) in Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Government of India

“A” Graded artist of Doordarshan Kuchipudi selection committee member, CCRT.

Performances in Indian Festivals
- Khajuraho Festival
- Kal Ke Kalakar Festival
- Natyanjali Festival
- Konark Festival
- Horizon (ICCR) Delhi & Lucknow
- Sidhender Jyanti Samaroh(HYDERABAD)
- Pt. Bhatt Smriti Samaroh(JAIPUR)
- Kalakshetra, Chennai (TAMILNADU)
- Mahabalipuram Festival(TAMILNADU)
- Sur Singar Samsad(MUMBAI)
- Nimaad FestivalM.P)
- Tyagaraja Festival
- Delhi International Arts Festival (DELHI)
- Classical Dance and Music Festival (GOA)
- Modhera Dance Festival, (SUN TEMPLE, MEHSANA, GUJARAT)
- TAJ MAHOTSAVA (AGRA)

AND MANY MORE…… PERFORMED IN ALMOST ALL STATES OF INDIA IN DIFFERENT FORA.

Out of India
Bahrain, U.K, Brazil, Serbia, Croatia, South Africa, Re-Union, Zambia, El-Salvador, Panama, Mauritius, Nepal, China, Japan, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Bhutan, Austria and
Hungary.

Awards : Awarded by Sur Shringar Samsad Title – “SHINGAR MANI”
Honoured with the National Nritya Shiromani Award for contribution to Kuchipudi dance.
Honoured with the Rashtriya Nirman Puraskar for contribution to Kuchipudi dance.
Honoured with the Safari South-Asian Travel Award
Honoured with the Swami Vivekananda and Sister Margaret Award
Honoured with the Global Fashion and Design Award for excellence in Dance.
Honoured with the National Nritya Ratna Award for contribution to Kuchipudi dance.
Awarded The Gold Medal for propogation of Kuchipudi by Aryabhatta Society
Scholarship in Kuchipudi from Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of
India.
Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

EPILOGUE:
Performed at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi in 2007 in the presence of Hon’ble President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Late Sh. R. Venkatraman, Former President of India has actively encouraged Meenu to perform at various fora.
He was the Patron of the Dance Society administered by her before his sad demise in January 2009.
A Society for promotion of Art, Culture and Indian Dance called “Suramya” is successfully conducting workshops
for young learners of Classical Dance.
Meenu Thakur became the first danseuse to perform in South Asia’s biggest jail complex, Tihar Central Jail in
the presence of the inmates.

LATEST/PRESENT PERFORMANCES/ACCOLADES AND
ENDEAVORS
1. CHOREOGRAPHED THE KUCHIPUDI CULTURAL PROGRAMME OF THE INDIA-ASEAN COMMEMORATIVE SUMMIT HOSTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA AT RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN IN THE PRESENCE OF TEN ASIAN HEADS OF STATES.
2. PERFORMED AT NEEMRANA AT THE NEEMRANA FOUNDATION FESTIVAL (THREE OCCASIONS).
3. PERFORMED AT EPICENTRE, GURGAON ON FOUR OCCASIONS.
4. PERFORMED AT SHAKUNTALAM THEATRE AT THE INDIA
INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR, NEW DELHI, ON TWO OCCASIONS.

5. PERFORMED AT FEEL INDIA, A VENTURE OF INCREDIBLE INDIA AT NEW DELHI
6. PERFORMED AT INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, NEW DELHI
7. PERFORMED AT TIHAR CENTRAL JAIL, NEW DELHI
8. PERFORMED AT DELHI INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (ON TWO OCCASIONS)
9. SPIC-MACAY LECTURE DEMONSTRATION IN NORTH-EASTERN STATES, M.P, RAJASTHAN, CHHATISGARH, CHANDIGARH AND MAHARASHTRA.
10. INDIAN DANCE FESTIVAL, MAMALLAPURAM, TAMIL NADU (2015, 2018)
11. UDAY 4, FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE, NEW DELHI.
12. INTERNATIONAL THEATRE OLYMPIAD, CUTTACK
13. INDIA HABITAT CENTRE, NEW DELHI
14. INDIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR
15. WORLD BOOK FAIR, NEW DELHI (ON TWO OCCASIONS)
16. MODHERA DANCE FESTIVAL, MEHSANA, GUJARAT.
17. SAHITYA KALA PARISHAD, NEW DELHI.
18. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DEFENCE PRODUCTION, NAGPUR
19. TAJ MAHOTSAVA, AGRA
20. PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA “LEGENDS OF TOMORROW” SERIES, NEW DELHI
21. RATH YATRA CULTURAL FESTIVAL, NEW DELHI

22. SANSKRIT ACADEMY, NEW DELHI
23. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ADMINISTRATION, MUSSOORIE.
24. SANSKAR BHARATI, GURUGRAM
25. SNA, LUCKNOW
26. GURUGRAM KALA UTSAV, GURUGRAM
27. HINDU COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI.
28. NAVAGRAHA CHARITAM, IHC, NEW DELHI.
29. INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE UDBHAV UTSAV INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, GWALIOR
DISCIPLES OF MEENU THAKUR RECENTLY PERFORMED RECENTLY IN THE FOLLOWING EVENTS:
A. ASIAN GAS SUMMIT, NEW DELHI
B. DELHI YOUTH FESTIVAL, GOVT. OF NCT OF DELHI
C. INDIA-ASEAN COMMEMORATIVE SUMMIT, RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, NEW DELHI
D. ISKCON, NOIDA
E. EPICENTRE, GURGAON (ON THREE OCCASIONS)
F. IITF NEW DELHI (ON TWO OCCASIONS)
G. FEEL INDIA, NEW DELHI
H. DELHI INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (ON TWO OCCASIONS)
I. UDAY 4, NEW DELHI
J. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF IMMUNOLOGY, NEW DELHI
K. INDIA HABITAT CENTRE, NEW DELHI.
L. WORLD BOOK FAIR, NEW DELHI (ON TWO OCCASIONS)
M. MODHERA DANCE FESTIVAL, GUJARAT.
N. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DEFENCE PRODUCTION,NAGPUR.
O. SAHITYA KALA PARISHAD, NEW DELHI.
P. TAJ MAHOTSAVA, AGRA.
Q. YOUTH FESTIVAL, NEW DELHI.
R. SARASWATI VANDHAN, SKP, NEW DELHI.
S. TRIVENI KALA SANGAM, NEW DELHI
T. NRITYOTSAVA, SNA, SILCHAR, ASSAM.
U. PM’S NCC RALLY 2017
V. SANSKAR BHARATI, GURUGRAM
W. GURUGRAM KALA UTSAV, GURUGRAM
X. HINDU COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI
Y. NRITYA ARADHANA, SURAMYA, NEW DELHI
Z. NAVAGRAHA CHARITAM, IHC, NEW DELHI