India is known for the classical dance form. In classical dance, there are various dance forms like Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, etc. There are many dancers who are very well-versed with the classical dance form. Every classical dancer is perfect in their own classical style. In India, there are many great classical dancers who have also captivated western audiences with their dancing skills. You may all want to know who is the best Indian dancer in the classical genre. But it is quite difficult and unfair to choose only one. So, get an idea about the 5 top female classical dancers in India below.

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  • Rukmini Devi Arundale

Who is the Best Indian Dancer in Classical Genre?

Rukmini Devi Arundale was a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. She was also a theosophist and choreographer of Bharatnatyam. She really worked hard on the re-embellishment of Bharatanatyam, traditional Indian arts and crafts. Rukmini also won the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award. Her name is also on the ‘100 People Who Shaped India’ list.

  • Padma Subrahmanyam

Who is the Best Indian Dancer in Classical Genre?

Padma Subrahmanyam is a Bharatnatyam dancer. Along with Bharatnatyam dancer, she is also a research scholar, choreographer, musician, teacher, ideologist, and author. Throughout her dancing career, she won over 100 awards for her amazing Bharatnatyam skills. She also rewarded with ‘Padma Shri’ and ‘Padma Bhushan’ awards.

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  • Yamini Krishnamurthy

Who is the Best Indian Dancer in Classical Genre?

Yamini Krishnamurthy trained in both Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dance styles. She is one of the notable female classical dancers in India. She ruled the Indian dance world for many decades with her great dancing talent. Yamini even received Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan awards from the Indian Government.

  • Tanjore Balasaraswati

Who is the Best Indian Dancer in Classical Genre?

Tanjore Balasaraswati is one of the most popular classical dancers in India. She trained in Bharatanatyam. She even performed in various countries and made the audience well aware of the Bharatanatyam style. Tanjore rewarded with Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards. A documentary film, ‘Bala’ also made on her life by the Bengali film director Satyajit Ray.

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  • Alarmel Velli

Who is the Best Indian Dancer in Classical Genre?

Alarmel Velli is one of the legendary Bharatanatyam dancers of India. As a result of her research in Tamil Literature and Sangam Poetry, a repertoire of dance poems created. She created her own distinct style within the framework of classical Bharatanatyam. Alarmel Velli received Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan awards.

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