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Kalakshetra literally means a holy place of arts , deriving inspiration from this noble ideal, Kalakshetra was established, for the training of young and talented people by masters of art, with the background of a religious spirit.

Bharatanatyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind, 48, is to be the director of Kalakshetra foundation, its chairman Gopalkrishna Gandhi said

A graduate in commerce from the University of Madras, Chennai, Priyadarsini holds a diploma in Mass Communication, but Bharatanatyam has been her first love ever since she was six.

After initial grooming under Smt. Usha, Priyadarsini specialized in abhinaya under ‘Padma Bhushan’ Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan from the age of nine. Priyadarsini received advanced training in Bharatanatyam under Guru Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam, exponent of the Vazhvoor School from the age of ten. Priyadarsini imbibes the best of both her teachers.

Priyadarsini has been giving recitals from the age of sixteen, and has performed in numerous sabhas and academies in India and abroad.

“There was a selection committee of four, including a representative of the governing board of Kalakshetra, and Priyadarsini Govind was selected,” said Dr Ambika Kameshwar, a member of the board.