Bharatanatyam Dancer & Artistic Director Parampara Centre for Indian classical music and dance
Marie Elangovan is an accomplished Bharatanatyam exponent, and noted choreographer and teacher. She is the disciple and daughter-in-law of Guru K. J. Govindarajan. An empaneled artiste with the ICCR, she has performed extensively in India and abroad and has taken part in many prestigious festivals. A widely acclaimed artiste, she won the appreciation of art-lovers and connoisseurs for her immaculate technique, flawless rhythm and her evocative abhinaya.
To her distinction, Marie is an M.A. Gold Medalist in Bharatanatyam from the Bangiya Sangeet Parishad, Rabindra Bharati University for the year 2014-2015. As the Artistic Director of Parampara, she has presented numerous thematic programmes. She has expanded the vocabulary of the tradition by creating new pieces on the themes of childhood, climate change, women’s empowerment, environmental conservation and social harmony. Her production “Save the Earth” was shown at the 14th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poznan, Poland. Marie was greatly honoured to dance at an event organised by the Press Council of India, His Excellency late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam being the Chief Guest for this occasion Along with her troupe, she has presented dance productions The Thirsty Planet and Journey to Peace and Harmony, which were sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Her artistic excellence reflects in these choreographic works which are a blend of meaningful poetry and expressive dancing.
A graded artiste of Doordarshan, Marie has featured in a large number of programmes and biographical stories on television. She is a graduate in Religious Studies from the Universite de Montreal. Aiming to master the finest aspects of her chosen form, Marie has also trained in Carnatic Music and nattuvangam. She has been honored with Achievement Awards from World Tamil Association, Andhra Vanitha Mandali, Hayagriva, Andhra Pradesh – Telangana Bhawan, Karnataka Sangeeta Sabha, Mayura Natiyanjali and Kala Keralam.
Currently she teaches Bharatanatyam at the Parampara Centre for Indian Classical Music and Dance.