Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, is one of India’s most eminent and renowned dancers and is celebrated as one of India’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars
Performing in the two classical styles of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Ananda, imbues to the technique and grammar of her dance, a sparkling quality that bristles with life.
Her natural grace and vivacity draws her audience into the vivid and vibrant canvas of her dance, leaving them deeply touched
Engaging in every aspect of dance, Ananda, is a prolific solo and ensemble performer, a much loved teacher and Guru , a critically acclaimed and brilliant choreographer, and is a sought after motivational and leadership speaker and writer
As the Artistic Director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra , Ananda leads an acclaimed ensemble, besides training and presenting the next generation of Bharatanatyam artists
Ananda has been decorated with the "Padma Shri" in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Bharatanatyam in 2009.
She has also been honoured by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu with the "Kalaimamani", and with the "Kala Ratna" by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
A TED speaker in 2009, Ananda’s TED talk is now ranked as one of 50 Amazingly Motivational talks on Youtube as well as one of 12 Incredible TED talks on cancer.
Ananda holds a Masters degree in Ancient Indian History (where she topped her university), a M.Phil in Art History and a Ph.D in Tourism. She actively lectures on breast cancer support and advocacy issues, having successfully battled the illness over the last two years.