Tulsi Badrinath


Tulsi began learning dance at the age of eight, from Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan. She has been their student for over 30 years now and continues to learn from them with the result that she has an extensive repertoire. In her many solo performances all over India, and in France and the US, Tulsi has earned the admiration of her audience and the praise of critics for her deeply-felt bhava and for her dynamic nritta. Her long association with her Guru Dhananjayan, famous for his moving abhinaya, has led to a polished technique. She has given various lecture - demonstrations and written dance criticism for The Hindu, apart from having taught many students at Bharata Kalanjali, the dance academy run by her Gurus.

Tulsi Badrinath
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Solo Performances at:

  • Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram
  • Nishagandhi Festival, Trivandrum
  • Palghat Festival, Palghat
  • Spirit of Youth Festival, Music Academy, Chennai
  • Poompuhar Exhibition, The Maidan, Kolkata
  • India International Centre, New Delhi
  • ICCR, Azad Bhavan, New Delhi
  • Ghunghroo Festival, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
  • Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur
  • Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Karthik Fine Arts, Natyarangam, Mylapore Fine Arts, Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, International Dance Alliance, Bharat Kalachar, Sri Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple, Chennai


Tulsi has performed extensively as a member of The Dhananjayan's Bharata Kalanjali Troupe. In 1987 she travelled to the six Republics of the former USSR, as part of their troupe participating in the Festival of India, USSR.


Tulsi has given numerous lecture-demonstrations including one in French especially for the French Ambassador in India in 1988. She has addressed many student groups. Various corporate houses continue to invite her to speak on Indian mythology, culture, cross-cultural differences, and dance for their international executives. Most recently, in 2010, she interacted with a group of Singaporean executives who had travelled to India to learn about the art of doing business with Indians.


Dance Critic

Tulsi has reviewed many dance performances as a critic for The Hindu.

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