Ever since her debut performance in 1993,
many reviews by great critics have appeared in almost all leading
papers and journals.
Some excerpts from reviews:-
DANCER WITH A FUTURE :
One would hardly expect that the demure teenager, Swarnamalya Ganesh,
would tackle a massiv Varnam like "Saminirammanave' (Khamas
- Tanjore Quartette) with its tricky rhythmical set up and emotional
content, poses a challenge even to experienced dancers
The varnam proved that the young dancer was an ardent student of
the art and had a bright future.
- The Indian Express - 06.10.1994
MATURITY OF BHAVA :
The audience which witnessed Swarnamalya's Bharatanatyam recital
on August 15, 1994, held under the auspices of Mylapore Arts Academy
was impressed with her fine style and quality of presentation. The
energy of this danseuse is admirable and each new sequences unfolded
with a freshness of a flower.
- The Hindu - 26.08.1994
AN APPEALING DANCE RECITAL :
Swarnamalya Ganesh, surely a promising star on the horizon of Bharatanatyam
gave a dance recital at Kalabharati, Vizag
.. "the Varnam,
a composition by one of the Tanjore Quartette was the scene stealer
of the evening. Through a magical almost synchronous union of versatility
and fluidity in form and aspect, the artiste danced with a maturity
far beyond her own 14 years. This item alone seemed to set the star
rising on her future
- New Times, Vizag, - 22.10.1994
PROMISING BHARATANATYAM BY SWARNA :
The performance was notable for the danseuse's precision of rhythm
and abhinaya, Swarnamalya, a disciple of K.J. Sarasa, has all the
characteristics of a good dancer tall stature, tensile strength
and a good figure with fine features.
The Varnam Saminirammanave, Khamas was the main attraction of the
evening. It really proved to be a test for Swarnamalya and she succeeded
in executing the intricate rhythmic patterns built into Jatis with
fine foot work.
- Deccan Chronicle, Vizag - 31.10.1994
BRINGING OUT THE SUBTLE NICETIES :
Swarnamalya's dance recital was a delight fulfilling all the requirements
to bring out with ease the subtle niceties of Bharata Sastra and
casting as well gleams of artistic exposition with soulful involvement.
The finesse in the execution of mudras
the expected levels of maturity and professionalism at her age
- The Hindu, Vizag - 04.11.1994
COMBINATION OF INTELLECT AND IMAGINATION :
Swarnamalya Ganesh is not new to Madras audience. She is certainly
among the foremost of the new generation of dancers of this country.
There is always a compelling charm in Swarnamalya's dance, primarily,
competence in technique, flair in rhythm and eloquence in expressions.
Her dance is always, best described as an experience of dynamic
She imbues the style with her own striking personality. She gave
an impressive and enchanting recital recently at Bharat Kalachar
.. Talent, beauty and opportunity rarely combines
together and Swarnamalya personified the rare ocurrence
with vigorous foot-work, appreciable speed, communicative abhinaya,
neat neck movements, rolling of eyes, she captivated the audience
with poise and natural elegance.
- News Day - 21.12.1995
IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE :
Swarnamalya Ganesh, disciple of Bhagavatula Seetharam Sarma gave
an impressive performance at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club recently
The Varnam in Natakurunji "Chalamela" as handed over from
Rukmini Devi's choreographies, was the mainstay of the recital.
The combination of different adavus for the rhythmical sequences
and the theermanams revealed quality by themselves and Swarnamalya
presented them with grip and confidence
to Nritta is neat, with clarity in stamping and precision in footwork.
The sancharis for the Sahitya lines, though limited, were apt. Swarnamalya
danced with vigour, especially from "Nannu Brova Neeku Bhaarama".
- The Hindu - 19.01.1996
PERFORMS WITH DISTINCTION :
Guru Sri Seetharama Sarma's experience in music and dance is so
deep and so compelling that there can be no slouches among his disciples.
Kum.Swarnamalya Ganesh in her Bharata Natya Recital at MFC was clearly
driven to high level of performance in tackling the Varnam
It is typical of Sarmaji that he should choose the Nattakurunji
Varnam of Srirangam Moolaveedu Nattuvanar which was choreographed
by Rukmini Devi.
Swarnamalya's full talents were on display - sure footwork, angassudha,
clean adavus and graceful postures that added up to a very creditable
- The Indian Express - 28.01.1996
LIVELY AND IMPRESSIVE :
Swarnamalya Ganesh is a promising young talent, having been trained
by B.Seetharama Sarma. Her recital for the Mylapore Fine Arts Club
was lively and impressive
. "Sakhiye" varnam in Ananda
Bhairavi was the main number of the evening. The choreography of
Rukmini Devi for this as handed over to Swarnamalya by her guru,
was well presented. Proportionate theermanams, and lively charana
swara structures, made this number a very fine piece of choreography
and the young dancer made it more lively through her involved and
caring approach, revealing her sincerity to the chosen tradition.
- The Hindu - 24.01.1997.
PATROTIC FLAVOUR :
To celebrate the 50th year of India's independence, MCC Finance
Limited on July 18 presented `Vande Mataram', a dance tribute to
Mother India by Swarnamalya Ganesh at the Narada Gana Sabha. The
feature was based on the patriotic songs of Mahakavi Subramanya
Bharathi which, in the early decades of this century, aroused millions
of Tamils during India's freedom struggle.
The theme was conceived by T.S.Parthasarathy, the author of monograph
"kavikuyil" on Mahakavi Bharati
seemed to have taken pains to understand each word of the songs
as she depicted the situations with commendable liveliness and maturity.
Draped in a simple white costume, she danced with deep involvement
and self-relish and made the feature glow with artistry.
- The Indian Express - 27.07.1997.
A SENIOR AT 18 :
It was hard to believe that Swarnamalya Ganesh, who was presented
by Natyarangam at the Naradha Gana Sabha Mini Hall recently, is
only 18 years old. The restraint with which she executed the adavus,
her feeling and involvement, her impeccable nritta and abhinaya
would have done credit to a much senior dancer
The main item was the Swarajati `Sadaya ika' in Chakravaham by the
Tanjore Quartette, a composition of rare merit in which the raga
name has been inserted. It is in praise of Lord Brhadiswara of Tanjore
and the very massiveness of the piece-put the dancer's stamina to
the test as it took nearly forty minutes. The pathetic condition
of the lovelorn Nayika was portrayed with skill and understanding.
- The Indian Express - 26.07.1998.
ELEGANT PRESENTATION :
Natyanjali festival organised by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis,
for three days, at the Patteeswarar Temple, Perur, was a gala event.
The elegance of abhinaya in Bharatanatyam was brought out in full
refinement by Swarnamalya Ganesh.
The Hindu - Coimbatore - July 2001
:: Inspired to spread culture and her strong roots, Swarnamalya had taken the lead in organising a three-day cultural festival in her native village Ganapathi Agraharam near Thiruvaiyaru,Thanjavur District on the occasion of Vinayaka Chaturthi. A harikatha on the greatness of Lord Ganesa by Selvi Deepika on the first day, Bharatanatyam recital by herself on the second day and devotional vocal music by the child prodigies of Ramji’s Isai Mazhalai marked the Chaturthi Festival. It has been committed to make it an annual event in the years to come.
:: September 4 of 2006 was a great event and a red letters day for the University of Madras when the 150th Year celebrations was inagurated by the President of India, His Excellency Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. A special cultural event organised to mark the occasion included a special programme titled “Vetri Nadai” conceptualized,choreographed and presented by Swarnamalya.
:: Being a student of the PG course in Bharatanatyam under the Department of Music of the Madras University, it was a great privilege to be invited to give this programme along with other co- students by the then Vice-Chancellor Sri S.P Thiagarajan. This dance drama was an amalgamation of music, dance and theatre which involved top ranking musicians of the department of music which list included Gatam Karthik, Violin Rajasekar,Hebbar Ranjani, Nagai Narayanan and many others. The programme received praise and appreciation from all with raving reviews.
::Scholastic interest and academic pursuit of dance combined with the deep involvement in the various allied subjects paved the way for Swarnamalya being invited to give guest lectures on topics related to dance . Sathya Nilayam , a well-known institution of higher studies functioning under the able stewardship of Rev Fr Dr Anand Amaldas invited Swarnamalya for a lec-dem on the origin , aesthetics and place of dance in today's scenario for the students of MA Philosophy. The lec-dem was combined with a live demonstration and video clippings for a duration of 2 hours which was well received and appreciated.
:: In the month of September 2006 Bharatanatyam Teachers Association of Toronto had invited Swarnamalya to be the Chief Guest at their 10th Anniversary Celebrations also give a lec-dem on aspects of Bharatanatyam to their students . The visit was filled with interviews for the television channels , radios and press media of the State .
:: Flair for journalism and previous experience of editing a news journal of ABHAI(Association of Bahratanatyam Artistes of India) bestowed an opportunity of editing a newsletter “The Dhim” for the Department of music and dance of the Madras University which was released by the then Vice-Chancellor Sri S.P. Thiagarajan at a function organized at Narada Gana Sabha attended by many senior dance gurus and students.
:: Swarnamalya was grieved by the sudden passing away of the great musicologist and her mentor Sri T.S.Parthasarathy, recently. A moment to share the memories of the great TSP Mama at the remembrance meeting organised by scholar and musicologist Sri Pappu Venugopal Rao . Swarnamalya is also organising a dance tribute in his memory in the December season.