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Shobhana Chandrakumar

Grace Incarnate

Born on 21 March 1970 to Dr. Anandam and late Mr Chandrakumar in Kerala, Shobana Chandrakumar, commonly known as Shobana, is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and a leading actress of South Indian motion pictures.

Shobana acted for the first time in a leading role in the Malayalam motion picture "April 18" in 1984, directed by Balachandra Menon. Shobana won her first National Film Award for Best Actress from the government of India in 1994 for her performance in Fazil's Manichitrathazhu.

She bagged a second National award for best actress in the year 2001 for her role in an English language film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi. So far Shobana acted in over 200 movies in different languages.

As an accomplished dancer of Bharatanatyam, Shobana did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her guru is the legendary Bharatanatyam dancer Chitra Visweswaran. Shobhana is the Founder of Kalarpana, a dance school in Chennai. The aim of Kalarpana is to organize annual festivals throughout India. Under its umbrella, Kalarpana extends its support to the handicapped and the environmental movement.

In January 2006, the Indian government honored Shobana with the prestigious award Padma Shri for her significant contributions to Indian cinema and Bharatanatyam.

Shobhana has founded a school called ‘Kalarpana’ for Bharatanatyam dance in Chennai. Through performances of nationally and globally known artistes, this organization raises funds that aids in the training of talented artistes who are financially insecure. Under its aegis, ‘Kalarpana’ extends its support to the differently-abled and the environmental movement.

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