Guru Vazhuvoor S Palaniappan Pillai

Guru Vazhuvoor S Palaniappan, born in 1961, is the first grandson of Padmasri Nataykalakesari Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai and the elder son of Kalaimamani Natayakalasamrat Guru Vazhuvoor R. Samraj. A tutor by his own merit, Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan, learnt his initial music from his grand father, the illustrious Chidambaram S. Gopalakrishnan, elder brother of Chidambaram C.S. Jayaraman, an accomplished singer who captivated millions of audience with his unique voice & style for over two decades.

Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan extended his learning skills in other facts of music too by being trained in Mridangam from Vidwan Ratnasabapathi & Vidwan Vinayagaram. Guru Vazhuvoor Palaniappan’s childhood interest in Dance was so intense that he set out to learn the basics from Guru Muthuswamy Pillai before becoming a part of his Grand father Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai & Guru Vazhuvoor Samraj’s dance profession. Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan started learning Nattuvangam at the age of 12 and was accompanying his father’s concerts right from the year 1978. Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan grasped the finer aspects of the Vazhuvoor Bhani by being dedicated to his grand father & father’s dancing school in Chennai. He has had the rare privilege of watching Kumari K.J Sarasa, Chitra Visveswaran, Dr.Padma Subramaniam, Kamala & Radha, Kanaka, E.V. Saroja being tutored by his grand father & father. Maintaining the Vazhuvoorar Tradition through their dancing careers all of them blossomed into dancing greats and have left a stamp of Vazhuvoor Bhani, that is being currently pursued by Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan in his dancing school “Vazhuvoor Classical Bhartanatya Art Center”.

Guru Vazhuvoor S. Palanaiappan strives meticulously in maintaining the trend of “classical perfection” set by the Legends Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai & Guru Vazhuvoor R. Samraj. It is an undisputed fact that the legends worked in unison to bring to the art a new scintillation and lustre, which codified the “VAZHUVOOR STYLE of Bharatha Natyam”. Vazhuvoor Style as being professed by Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan is noted for its elegance, grace, polished perfection, spiritual dignity and poses as depicted in ancient sculptures. Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan has performed both as accompanying artist and as a Solo artist in “Nattuvangam” ever since 1978. Setting up Vazhuvoor Classical Bharatnatya Art center, he along with his younger brother Vazhuvoor Kumaran have ensured promoting young talent in Classical Music through their annual music festival that has been held for over 25 years.

He conducts full time classes (Gurukulam) and teaches dance, music and nattuvangam at home for those who take dance as their profession. He also takes long distance classes over skype.

Guru Vazhuvoor S.Palaniappan has chosen to spread the Vazhuvoor Tradition far & wide in efforts to retain the tradition of Vazhuvoor Bani through his dance schools                                SHREE VAZHUVOORAR CLASSICAL BHARATHANATYA ART ACADEMY, CHENNAI VAZHUVOORAR CLASSICAL BHARATHANATYA ART CENTRE, LAKSHMI MILLS SIGNAL, COIMBATORE                                                                                                                    SHREE VAZHUVOOR S PALANIAPPAN FINE ARTS ACADEMY, SINGANLLUR, COIMBATORE.

Some of his Programs

  • Nattuvangam for many Arangetram  with his father
  • Ulaga Tamil Manadu held in Mauritis
  • Swati Tirunal Festival in Travancore Palace
  • Andal Charitram in Chicago Aurora during Mahakumbabishekam of Srinivasa Temple
  • Bhartanatyanjali in Tanjore Brahadeswarar temple
  • Festival Celebrations of 1000 years held at the Tanjore Big Temple
  • World Classical Tamil meet
  • Tiruvarur Music College
  • Karur Music College
  • Many Natyanjali festivals held across India.