Practitioner of Sree Bharatalaya, tradition of Bharatanatyam, Mridula Anand, is a force to reckon with as she has many firsts to her credit. She was one of the first to curate podcasts with artists called ‘Samvadanam’, release a CD on the practise of dance and other digital content for arts. Mridula has adapted renowned compositions of Thyagaraja, Alwar, Purandara dasa and Annamacharya kirtanas to dance. She is also the President of RMT Samskruti Sabha that brings chamber concerts to the public.
Mridula Anand began learning Bharatanatyam under celebrated danseuse Professor Sudharani Raghupathy at the age of nine. Within a span of five years, she gave her arangetram in 1991. Since then, she has given several solo performances in leading sabhas of Chennai and donned various important roles in many dance dramas of Shree Bharathalaya, like Ramayanam, Krishnam Vande Jagat Gurum, Shakthi Prabhavam and Vande Guham Umasutham.
Mridula says that her interest not only lies with learning and perfecting classical Indian music and dance but also to strongly promote it. During her stay in the US, Mridula was the Cultural Chairperson at the Sri Venkateshwara
Temple, Pittsburgh, US, in 2006-2007 and organised concerts by leading artists from India and the US. With the blessings of her guru, Mridula started her dance school, ‘Silambam’, in Pittsburgh, US, in 2005 and in Hyderabad, in 2009.
She has introduced many innovative programmes like ‘Prenatyam’-dance movement for Children and ‘MridYog’- dance movement for older women.
Having completed her Diploma in Fine Arts, she is also trained in Carnatic music under Late Kalaimamani Rajalakshmi Santhanam. Currently, after passing her LLB, Mridula works at ISB, Hyderabad as a Senior Manager. She regularly contributes articles on arts to various publications.