Dr Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy is a Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher, choreographer, and an academic in copyright and cultural heritage law. She specialises in Abinaya and is a student of Padma Bhushan Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan, a foremost exponent of Abinaya. She has completed her nritta training under Smt. Jagannatha Rao of Pradakshina, Madras and she studied nattuvangam under Smt. Kamalarani from Kalakshetra.
After moving to Britain, Dr Kuppuswamy combined her strengths in classical Bharatanatyam with innovative themes and has experimented the conceptual framework of Bharatanatyam, by pushing it into new themes such as cloning, ageing, nature and climate change. Her current work focuses on historical and cultural contextualisation of Bharatanatyam and her production Chinnadevi is touring in London in 2019-20. Dr Kuppuswamy has been a tutor on CADT Yuva Gati since 2014, and a lead tutor since 2018. She enjoys teaching students of all age groups and is passionate about research-led practice, imparting the ethos to all age groups. Dr Kuppuswamy has been awarded for her contribution to the cultural life of the UK by her inclusion in the ‘Happy 100’ list by the Independent newspaper, which recognises volunteers who have made a difference to people’s lives.
Picture credit – Jesús Ramírez.