Madhu Profile

Madhusri Raj Sethuraman (Madhusri Muthuswamy) hails from a family where excellence in fine arts has been a tradition over generations. Madhusri took to Bharatanatyam at the age of four under the world renowned dancer Padmabushan Smt. Kamala. The devoted endeavor on the part of her guru enabled the disciple to present her "Arangetram" at the tender age of eight. As a child artiste, Madhusri had the rare distinction of performing for the Lions club to commemorate the International Year of the Child. The captivating brilliance of her display and rhythm in her feet brought widespread appreciation, several dance awards, television appearances, and even an instant cash gift.

Madhusri blossomed into an accomplished artist under the tutelage of Late Kalaimamani Sri. S.K. Rajarathnam Pillai, a renowned teacher and a great exponent of the art, and took lessons in abhinaya (facial expressions) from Padmabushan Kalanidhi Narayan who has a special place of her own in this field. With about 25 years of training, Madhusri has performed all over India, U.S.A., Europe, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore; notable among them are her performances for Indian Council of Cultural Relations and International Dance Alliance.

Since coming to U.S.A. in 1988, Madhusri has been engaged in promoting the art of Bharatanatyam through several forums. She was a visiting instructor at the University of Iowa and has taught students at the Maharishi International University. Madhusri has also conducted dance workshops in several elementary and high schools through an organization called Arts Outreach in Iowa and the Young Audiences of Greater Dallas.

In 1992, she founded the Srutilaya School of Dance for promoting classical Indian dance. She has trained over 600 students and conducted over 60 arangetrams. She has choreographed 17 dance ballets and performed them along with her students in U.S. , India, China and Hong Kong. Some of her ballets include Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Sneetches, Nava Rasa, Valli Kalyanam, Uthama Chakaravarthy (Ideal King), Penn (Woman), Pandora's Box, Sivananda Lahiri, and Dance Eclectica, Seven Wonders and Dances of Love. She has also received arts council grants for some of her productions.
During the millenium dance festival in Chennai, India, Madhusri's dance prowess and her contributions to the dance field were recognized by two major cultural organizations. She was conferred the titles of Natya Tharagai (Star of Dance) and Natya Mayuri (Dancing like the Peacock) in January 2001. During this trip to India, she also performed for a fund-raiser in aid of building hospitals in rural Tamil Nadu.

In October 2005, she was invited to perform at Miami University as part of the Global Rhythm concert and also choreographed a dance piece to fusion instrumental music. In November 2005, she was featured on Channel 5 Dallas television during her performance for American Airlines’ inaugural flight to New Delhi. In June 2006, Madhusri was invited to perform in reputed theatres and universities in China to commemorate the Indo-China Friendship year. Madhusri’s zeal for collaborating with dancers from other cultures and her interest in devoting her dance skills to charitable causes led to a mega-production called the Pandora’s Box in 2007. The event raised over $10,000 for promoting child literacy in India. Recently she is associated with Charity through Art Foundation to choreograph and perform multicultural fundraiser dance events for creating awareness among the youth about the various cultures and dance forms, as well as help many charitable organizations.

In 2012, Madhusri toured with a few of her students to India for performances in Chennai and Delhi, where her choreography and nattuvangam skills were greatly appreciated. In 2014, she performed with her daughter in Bombay and Chennai during the Music and Dance season. In 2016, Madhusri is celebrating her silver jubilee (25th year) of Srutilaya Dance School with two group dance performances - Yatra, a traditional margam choreographed as group dances and Amrapali, a grand Indian classical dance ballet. Madhusri currently offers dance classes in Plano.