Creative Director, Natyakalanjali
Trupthi Panickor is a professionally trained Indian classical dancer in all the south Indian classical dance styles and the traditional theatrical art forms of Kerala, such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, and Kathakali.
Trupthi grew up dancing at the very tender age of 4. She has been performing at several stages all over India and across the globe in countries like the UK, USA, France, India, Bangkok, Singapore etc. She is the recipient of several state national awards in India, such as, the Yuvaratna award in 2003, the Singarmani National award in 2009, the Natyapoorna Award in 2018 etc. The University of Kerala recognized her as Kalathilakam of the year in 2011 and she was also the winner of Miss Kerala- Miss Talent title the same year. She is a graded Artist of the Govt: of India. She was recently awarded the Creative Bravos Award 2019 by the Mayor and the City of Albuquerque.
Trupthi is the disciple of the world renowned dancing couple Padmabhushan ‘The Dhananjayans’ in Bharatanatyam. She started her training in Kuchipudi under Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam and is now the disciple of Kishore Mosalakanti. Dr Neena Prasad is her Guru in Mohiniyattam. She was trained in Kathakali by Guru Kottayam Bhagyanath.
Known for her “natural abinya” (facial expression), methodical technique and deep theoretical knowledge Trupthi has a lot to offer to the larger community. She nurtures the mission of introducing and sharing the joys and aesthetics of the classical dances of South India it its most authentic form. Trupthi Panickor is also a socially conscious dancer-architect passionate about dancing to make a difference in the world. She is a strong believer that art has the profound power to break through barriers, masks and pre-conceived notions about the world around us. Dancers and artists, in general, are perceived mostly just as entertainers wherein they hold the key to awaken and educate the society making in the most powerful way to bring about change. Trupthi has created pieces on socially relevant themes such as child murder, drug abuse, rape, pollution due plastic etc using the traditional vocabulary of the classical art in its true essence.
Trupthi is also a TEDx Speaker and a sort after speaker on a myriad of topics.