10 Facts About Alarmel Valli


Alarmel Valli is a leading Indian classical dancer and choreographer and the foremost exponent of the Pandanallur style in the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam.


Alarmel Valli founded The Dipasikha Dance Foundation in Chennai in 1984, where she teaches Bharatanatyam.


In 1991, Alarmel Valli was the second youngest dancer to be conferred the Padma Shri from the Government of India, after Vyjayanthimala.


Alarmel Valli was born and brought up in Chennai, where she did her schooling at The Sacred Heart Matriculation School, Church Park, Chennai.


Alarmel Valli graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai.


Alarmel Valli trained in the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam from the age of six under renowned Gurus Pandanallur Chokkalingam Pillai and his son Pandanallur Subbaraya Pillai.


Alarmel Valli studied music under T Muktha of the Veena Dhanammal style of music for many years, with a focus on Padams and Javalis.

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Alarmel Valli won her laurels on the international scene when she was barely 16 at the International Dance Festival of the prestigious Sarah Bernhardt Theatre de la Ville in Paris and has performed in landmark theatres and festivals ever since, both in India and aboard.


Alarmel Valli has been featured in dance documentaries by noted Indian producers like the late G Aravindan and Prakash Jha, by the BBC, the Netherlands Broadcasting Company, Arte, and Japanese National Television.


Alarmel Valli is married to Bhaskar Ghose, an Indian Administrative Service officer.