अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया ।
चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
chakshurunmiilita.n yena tasmai shriigurave namaH
Salutation to the noble Guru, who has opened the eyes blinded by darkness of ignorance with the collyrium-stick of knowledge.
Guru. Smt. Manjula Paramesh
Manjula Paramesh, founder of Sapthaswara Arts and Creations, Bangalore. She is a disciple of Smt. Vasantha Lakshmi (Adyar Kalakshetra, Chennai, India). She is the gifted artist with mastery over both dance and music. A perfectionist, self esteemed, philosopher, ambitious, an optimist with immense talent.
She is a dedicated teacher but more than that she is a guide, well wisher and a friend to the students who come to her seeking proficiency in this enchanting art form.
Manjula Paramesh is also a renowned classical vocal and playback singer. her lilting voice has fetched her lot of fans all over the country.
Guru Narmada was one of the senior dance gurus of Bangalore, who had her initial training from Guru V.S. Kaushik and later from Guru K. P. Kittappa Pillai of Tanjore in the Pandanallur / Tanjore style of Bharatanatyam for 18 years. She began her dance school Shakuntala Nruthyala (in memory of her mother) in Bangalore in 1978 where she trained several students.
Guru Narmada contributed immensely to the field of Bharatanatyam and was lauded for being a caring and a generous teacher. Guru Narmada was the recipient of the coveted Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, presented by the president of India (Dr Abdul Kalam) for her contributions to the field of dance.
Guru Narmada's other distinctions include Government of Karnataka's Shanthala Award, Karnataka Sangeetha Nruthya Academy Award, Shanthala Arts Academy Award, Best Teacher Award from the Madras Music Academy, Karnataka Rajyotsava Award and Award of Recognition from the Karnataka Cultural Association, Los Angeles, California.
Guru Narmada died on March 30, 2007, in Bangalore. She was 65 years
old. Guru Narmada is survived by her son, brothers, sisters, students, and well wishers.