Having trained under stalwarts like Guru Shri Mahalingam Pillai and Guru Kalyanasundaram Pillai, Prabha Raghavan has been pursuing and performing Bharata Natyam since over three decades now.
As a toddler she took to classical dance, music and fine arts under the able guidance of her mother Smt. Jayalakshmi Subramanian, a trained classical dancer and singer herself. Later, rigorous training in the ‘Tanjavur’ style with Sri Raja Rajeswari Bharatanatya Kalamandir in Bombay, India, proved to be a stepping stone to numerous stage performances, recitals and artistic achievements.
Her arangetram was truly, the beginning of her professional career as a classical dancer. She received the title of ‘Singara Mani’ at the all India level in 1984. She also conducted lecture – demonstrations for institutions like the Indo German Association in Mumbai for five consecutive years. Prabha has judged several Dance competitions across the GTA, including ‘Nadana Tharagai’, a dance competition aired on TVI.
Workshops with eminent artists of repute including Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan and Sir CV Chandrasekar, further kindled her quest for knowledge and learning in the field. She continues to train under and remain a humble student of her Gurus and mentors even today.
A trained Carnatic vocalist, Prabha received lessons from Gurus Smt. Shakuntala Narasimhan and Smt. Raji Gopal. Along with this, Prabha also learnt and played the veena for over seven years, under the guidance and tutoring of Guru Smt. Mangalam Muthuswamy.
An acclaimed artiste, Prabha has performed as a soloist and in several group recitals in India, Bahrain and Canada. She has always received rave reviews for her refined abhinaya and natural grace and finesse. Her sense of rhythm and posture perfect renditions- both inherent skills, have made her an outstanding dancer and sheer pleasure to watch. Prabha’s on stage depiction in the Meera bhajan ‘Hari Tuma Haro’ at Nagpur, moved an audience member so close to tears that he returned the very evening to present her a Krishna idol, a token of his appreciation of the art.
Prabha has also enjoyed training young artists and students over the years. She has taught classical dance in Bahrain for eight years, training students for performances and arangetrams. After arriving to Canada in 1994, she taught at a local Mississauga Dance Academy for eleven years. Prabha was the principal soloist, and an integral part of the academy through its arangetrams, stage recitals and performances.
With Sri Sanskriti, Prabha continues to nurture her zest for this classical dance form. Besides undergoing dedicated training in practical and theory lessons, her students have performed and participated at various local events in the Greater Toronto Area. A strong believer in classical tradition, Prabha has truly carved a niche for herself through exceptional choreography and as a passionate exponent of Bharata Natyam.