Junko Odagiri
Bharatanatyam/South Indian Classical Dance


“Bharatanatyam” dance which is an Indian Classical Dance originated from Tamil Nadu, a region facing the Bay of Bengal in Southern India. Bharatanatyam started as a ritualistic offering performed by a Devadasi (female dedicated to worship and service of a deity) in ancient time at the Hindu temple. Between the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century, it transformed from offering dance in temples to a performing art-form on the stage in the Theater. Nowadays, it is a traditional dancing art passed on from Guru or Master to disciple.



Guru: Smt.Chitra Visweswaran

Chitra Visweswaran
Padma Shri awardee

Eminent dancer-teacher- choreographer, Chitra Visweswaran, a legend in the field of Indian dance, has the distinction of being a scholar, thinker & seeker. Deep-rooted training in dance under Smt T A Rajalakshmi & the doyen Vazhuvoor Sri B Ramiah Pillai an eclectic background & inner thirst for knowledge launched her on a voyage of discovery at a young age. Her research directed towards the extension of the existing Bharatanatyam repertoire has lead to the creation of a voluminous body of work, covering the margam , thematic solo, group /dance theatre productions, which reflect individuality and are a synergy of tradition & innovation. Her work has been enriched by the music of her vocalist- musician – composer husband, Visweswaran .The couple established Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts in Chennai in 1975, wherein several generations of dancers, teachers, musicians, choreographers & researchers have been trained in a holistic manner.



Junko Odagiri


Born in Tokyo,Japan.Graduated Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design department fine arts.

  • 1994-2006
    Started initial dance training under Maciko Lakshmi in Tokyo, Solo performance & workshop 2005 in Argentina,at CENTRO OKINAWENSE EN LA ARGENTINA (COA),Fundacion Cultural Argentino Japone.
    Arangetram in Tokyo (Debut performance) in 2006
  • 2007 ~ onwards
    Intensive advance dance training under Guru Shri Smt.ChitraVisweswaran who is a founder of Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts (C.A.P.A.)
    CAPA/production “Nirantara”, solo performance (2012 and 2016) in Chennai.
    The Shivarathri dance festival” (2014,2015,2016) in Tamil Nadu, India
    *In Tokyo /Solo performance “-A Timeless Moment which dances in a lotus” (2011) ” “Breeze from Dakshina” (2015).
    *In India /Solo performance [2012.2016].
    She continues to train under her Guru and comes regularly for intense classes. Representative of [Chidambaram JAPAN]
  • Others …Events of Indian embassy of Japan Tokyo, Japanese Temple Programme,
    Art festivals and Art Ehibition, Collaboration beyond the category with many artists of Photograph,Picture, Installation & Painting etc.