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Harinie Jeevitha

Harinie Jeevitha is a dedicated artiste who has been learning the art of Bharathanatyam from the age of six. With the able guidance and training from her Teacher, Dr. Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan, Harinie has come a long way in proving her artistry in this field with grace and vitality. Unyielding faith in hard work and her passion for learning has accelerated this journey in which she aspires to imbibe and internalise the intricacies and essence of this art form to the best of her ability.

Harinie had her Arangetram in 2006 and has been performing extensively since then. Being a regular performer in the December Music and Dance Season, she has had the opportunity to perform for esteemed Sabhas in Chennai. 

Apart from proving her forte in Bharathanatyam in many avenues in Chennai, Harinie has performed all over India with her Teacher’s troupe. She has had the privilege of dancing in prestigious dance festivals held in Mamallapuram, Konark, Vizak etc. She has also presented solo and group performances abroad.

Harinie is a recipient of the BALSHREE award (2009), constituted by the Govt. of India to children in the field of performing arts. She has been a recipient of scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India under the ‘Scholarship to Young Artists Scheme’ (2015-16, 2016-17). Harinie is also an ‘A’ grade artiste in Doordarshan. 


Notable Achievements:

  • BALSHREE Award, Govt. of India (2009)

  • Scholarship from Ministry of Culture (2015 -17)

  • A grade artiste of Doordarshan Kendra, New Delhi

  • Yuva Kala Bharati, Bharat Kalachar (2014)

  • Guru Sarasa Ammal Award, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2014)

  • Best Performer, Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (2012)

  • Excellence Award, VDS Arts Academy (2007)

  • Second Best Dancer & Gutty Vasu Memorial Prize, The Music Academy (2014)

  • First Prize in Talent promotion scheme, Indian Fine Arts Society (2013)

  • Margazhi Music Award, Times of India (2010)

  • Nrithya Vichitra, Sridevi Nrithyalaya (2006)

  • Nrithya Rathna, Kerala (2012)

  • Nrithya Vilasini, Bhilai (2013)

  • First prize in National Level Competition, Navya Nataka Samiti Hyderabad (2007)

  • Recognised as a Woman Achiever by Wockhardt Foundation (2018)


  Notable Solo Performances (in India)

  • VDS Arts Academy (2004 & 2007)

  • Balasaraswathi Festival (2005)

  • Pollachi Tamil Sangham (2006)

  • Guruvayur Temple, Trivandrum (2006)

  • Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (2007)

  • Nungambakkam Cultural Academy (2008)

  • Kartik Fine Arts (2009)

  • Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha (2010)

  • Brahma Gana Sabha (2010)

  • Satyam Sivam Sundaram (2011)

  • Yuva Utsav, Bharat Kalachar (2011)

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2011)

  • Indian Fine Arts Society (2012)

  • Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha (2012)

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2013)

  • Mylapore Fine Arts Club (2013)

  • Spirit of Youth, Music Academy (2014)

  • RR Sabha (2014)

  • Natyarangam, Narada Gana Sabha (2015)

  • HCL Concert Series, Music Academy (2015)

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2016)

  • Satyam Sivam Sundaram (2016)

  • Mid Year Dance Festival, Music Academy (2016)

  • Annual Dance Festival, The Music Academy (2017)

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2017)

  • Satyam Sivam Sundaram (2018)

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2018)

  • Annual Dance Festval, The Music Academy (2019)

  • Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2019)

  • Chamber concerts in Bangalore (2019)

  • IIT, Mumbai (2019)

  • Narada Gana Sabha (2019)

  • SABHA, Sridevi Nrithyalaya (2020)

  • Kartik Fine Arts (2020)


 Notable Solo Performances (Abroad)

  • Oslo, Norway (2012)

  • Singapore (2014)

  • Toronto, Canada (2017)

  • Melbourne, Australia (2018)

  • Sydney, Australia (2019)

  • Kaula Lampur, Malaysia (2020)


 Harinie has travelled all over India and to countries abroad with her Teacher’s  troupe and performed in prestigious dance festivals. She has conducted  workshops along with her Teacher in Norway, Canada and Sydeny. She has  also travelled to Melbourne to conduct a workshop for students.




 Harinie has received critical acclaim for her performances from art critics. 

· Smt. Nandini Ramani in her review said, “Time stood still when Harinie performed the ‘Eternal Dance’. She received a standing ovation.” (Sruti, March 2015)

· Rupa Srikanth, a noted dance critic stated, “... (Harinie) has it all: a personable presence, excellent sense of timing,  grace, agility, perfection in execution, an expressive face and palpable passion.” (The Hindu, July 2015).

· Veejay Sai’s review of her solo performance at Music Academy’s Annual Dance Festival- “Harinie is a very promising soloist. She has the charm and grace of the old world and yet keeps her dance very firm- footed in the now.” (, Jan 2017)

· Leela Venkataraman’s review- “Harinie Jeevitha, disciple of Sheela Unnikrishnan had amazing control and her ability to hold even the oordhva tandava posture in rocklike stillness was unbelievable.”


While these prizes, awards and recognition have been a source of motivation for this young artist, her sole intention and ambition is to understand the core beauty of the art form and revel in the joy of dancing. This, she attempts to achieve seeking inspiration from her teacher, Smt. Sheela Unnikrishnan and other doyens of the art form.

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