Chandrasekhar, one of India’s senior most Bharatanatyam dancers was trained at the internationally renowned Kalakshetra in Chennai under the tutelage and mentorship of Smt. Rukmani Devi Arundale. He has imbibed from his mentor the best of Indian art, culture and aesthetics. He served the universities of Banaras and Baroda and retired as the Head and Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts of M S University of Baroda. He along with his dancer wife, Smt. Jaya Chandrasekhar have settled down in Chennai and together, they have established Nithyashree, an institution which involves teaching, choreographing and performing. Chandrasekhar’s two daughters Chitra Dasarathy and Manjary are also highly acclaimed dancers in India.
Chandrasekhar is multi faceted personality being a dancer, choreographer, researcher, musician, academician, composer and highly acclaimed teacher of Bharatanatyam. He has been performing for the past five decades in India and all over the globe and is invited by many dancers the world over to teach and choreograph. Chandrasekhar has a number of music and dance compositions to his credit and his dance dramas have been very highly acclaimed for their individuality and innovative approach. His choreographic works include Kalidasa’s Ritu Samharam and Keghadootham, Aparajitha, Pancha Maha Bhootham, Arohanam, Bhoomija, Brahmarageeth and many others.
He has many prestigious awards to his credit of which the notable ones are Central Sangeet Natak Academy Award, the academy awards of the States of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu, Nrithya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai and the University Grants Commission’s National Lecturership, Tagore Professor at the University of Madras, appointed member executive board, Central Sangeet Natak Academy, Nadabrahmam award from the Narada Gana Sabha, Nritya Ratnakara from Bhairavi Fine Arts, Cleveland, Nritya Kala Ratna from Mysore, Bharatha Kala Saagara from Sri Bharatalaya, Nrithyodaya award. The prestigious Kalidas Samman has been conferred on him this year by the Madhya Pradesh Govt.
His visits abroad include all the countries of Europe, the U.S.A. and Asian countries of China, Japan, Long Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, La s, Kuwait, Mauritius, Reunion etc.