Sudha Chandran, a woman who crossed all the hurdles in the life with her will power. A woman who bounced back to the normal dance life with a Jaipur foot after a tragic accident which cost her right leg. A woman who is known for her flashy sarees, chunk jewellery, and designer bindis.
Sudha Chandran is an ace Bharatanatyam (a classical dance originated in South India) and Kathak dancer and a known actress both in silver screen and Television. She has acted in more than 30 movies in different languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Now she is very much engaged as a judge to one of the dance reality shows, Super Dancer Junior 3, in a regional channel, Amrita TV.
Sudha Chandran is born in a Tamil family in 1964 to Mr. K. D. Chandran and Mrs. Thangam. She has done her schooling in Mumbai and is a post-graduate holder in Economics. She started her formal dance education in Kala Sadan, Mumbai, at the age of 5 and managed to handle both her studies and dance classes. When she was 17, she has completed 75 stage performances. She has received two important awards – Nritya Mayuri from the Dance Academy and Bharatnatyam and Nav Jyoti from the Telugu Academy . Both these awards were received prior to the accident and considered outstanding in the field of dance.
The tragedy hit her on May 2, 1981 in the form of a bus accident while she was travelling with her parents to a temple in Tamilnadu. In the accident, her right leg was severely injured and the doctor who attended her made a mistake which led to the amputation of her right leg, 71/2 inches below the knee.
She was not willing to confined to a wheel chair even after the amputation of her and she made all the possible efforts to walk. After six months since the amputation, Sudha read in a magazine about Dr. Sethi, a specialist in artificial limbs and recipient of the Raman Magasassay Award, from Jaipur. Sudha wrote to him. Meanwhile her family visited a company in the Opera House in Mumbai where they saw this artificial leg (Jaipur foot) in a showcase. Her confidence and desire for dance was again revived. Dr. Sethi made all the possible efforts to make an artificial foot according to her dancing requirement.
On January 28, 1984 , Sudha Chandran performed a dance program with another dancer, Preeti, at the “South India Welfare Society” of Mumbai. The programme was a grand success and Sudha had become a star over night. The famous producer Ramoji Rao, not only praised her but also decided to produce a film based on her life story. The film was titled as Mayuri, a Telugu film, and released in 1984. Sudha won a special award-Silver Lotus and Rs.5,000for her acting in this film. This award was presented by the then President of India , Gyani Zail Singh at the 33 rd National Film Festival on the recommendation of members of the jury.
In 1986, on seeing the outstanding success of the film, Ramoji Rao re-made the film in Hindi and named as Nache Mayuri, where she played the lead role. With its release, Sudha became known to people in India as well as abroad and she proved that she is not only a dancer but an actress too.
On 4 September, 1995 Sudha Chandran got married to Ravi Dang, a Punjabi, after a brief courtship.
Now, Sudha is considered to be one of the more flamboyant stars on Indian television and her characters are making us either to hate or admire her viciousness she portrayed on screen. Not only she is giving stage performances, but running a dance school in Mumbai, Natya Mayuri Sudha Chandran Dance Academy.
Recently, she has participated in a Dance reality show, ‘Jhalak dikhhla jaa’, on Sony TV.