Guru Dr. Sucheta Chapekar

An artiste of rare individuality, Sucheta is acclaimed as one of the finest Bharat Natyam exponents. Trained in Guru Shishya tradition by such stalwarts as Acharya Parvatikumar of Bombay and Guru K.P.Kittappa of Tanjore. Sucheta considers Smt. Balasaraswati as her “ManasaGuru” Academics :

Master of Fine Arts (Dance), Bombay University, Ph.D. (“Sangitacharya”) G.D.Art (Applied Art), J.J.School of Arts, eight years training in Carnatic Music from Smt. Thailambal Krishnan of Chennai.

She is a top-grade artiste of Doordarshan (Indian Television) and has been featured in national and regional programs of Doordarshan several times. She has written, directed and presented for Educational Media Research Centre ,Pune University ,four different TV serials viz. 1) Personality Development through Dance . 2) Pimpalpan (on Tanjavur Maratha Rulers’ contribution to Bharat Natyam. 3) Language of gestures (on classical dance appreciation) 4) Genesis of ‘NRITYA GANGA’ (on her creative work –synthesis of BharataNatyam and Hindustani Music).

She is empanelled as “outstanding artiste” with ICCR, New Delhi.

Sucheta, The Teacher: With an urge to share her knowledge she started teaching since past twenty-five years. Sucheta is a teacher with a unique idea that teaching should not be a discourse but a dialogue. This not only ensures clarity about the various aspects but also encourages creativity among the students. This makes her a popular and accomplished teacher with a lively tradition. She is also a visiting professor at the faculty of Performing Arts, Pune University right from its inception.

Sucheta, the Researcher: has made a valuable contribution to Bharat Natyam repertoire through her research and presentation of the hereto unknown Marathi compositions of the Tanjore Maratha rulers (17th to 19th century).

Awards:

“Maharashtra Gaurav” State Govt.’s top award for excellence in the field of dance.”Nritya Vilas” – by Sur Singar Sansad, Mumbai. ”S.L. Gadre’ award – Maharashtra SevaSangh, Mulund, Mumbai. ‘Mahila-JeevanGourav’ award (Life time achievement award) by Stree Vimochan Trust – Pune’.“Pune’s Pride” by Rotary Club, Pune.

National Award of SangeetNatak Academy, New Delhi, 2007, for rare contribution & excellence in BharataNatyam.