Padmasri awardee Prathibha Prahlad is a highly respected performer, choreographer, author, scholar, arts administrator, educator/ Guru and a culture multiplier. With indefatigable energy and passion, Prathibha Prahlad has pioneered India’s most prestigious arts festival - Delhi International Arts Festival. Her innovating efforts in creating India’s Signature Arts Festival, DIAF, has given a new dimension to India's cultural footprints globally.
A renowned culture specialist, she is a frequent invitee to international conferences.
Prathibha Prahlad heads the Prasiddha Foundation & Forum for Arts Beyond Borders, both of which she has established into premier cultural organizations of the Country. Prasiddha Dance Repertory, of which she is the Artistic Director, is frequently invited by International Festivals for performances.
She has served extensively on several Government of India Committees on culture. She was on the Executive Board of Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1998-2004. As the convener of the Culture Committee of Commonwealth Games 2010 she designed the Opening & Closing Ceremonies and has served as a member of the Jury for National Film Awards and Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2011-2014. She has also designed the syllabus for dance for NCERT and contributed to MHRD’s Master’s degree program online in 2015-16.
She is the only artiste of her generation on an Indian ‘My Stamp’ of Rs.5, released by the Dept. of Posts & Telegraphs, in her honour.
Prathibha Prahlad has been conferred the PADMASHRI (2016) & Sangeet Natak Akademi (2001) Awards. She has received the topmost Karnataka State Government Rajyotsava Award (2001)& ‘Karnataka Kalasri’ ( 1997)
Prathibha Prahlad says- “Culture is the wealth you pass onto future generations. It is our identity and is the only truly unifying force in this divisive world. It is our collective responsibility to invest in culture”
Smt. Prathibha Prahlad is an acclaimed & celebrated Bharatanatyam & Kuchipudi dancer whose multi- faceted personality reflects in the exemplary work she continues to do in the arts field.She is A Performer, Guru, Educator, Choreographer, Arts Administrator, Author and A Cultural Visionary.Her contribution to the arts field goes much beyond her own trail-blazing dance career of over 45 years, which has taken her to prestigious platforms all over India and the world.
Prathibha Prahlad has performed in over 85 Countries and has given more than 3000 performances in India.
A distinguished performer, her dance has a magical quality that is at once gripping and soul stirring. She brings the same quality of excellence to her teaching and choreographic works.
Prathibha Prahlad is the Founder Festival Director of India’s Largest & Internationally Famous Cultural Festival -DELHI INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL- Where INDIA MEETS THE WORLD ( 2007 -2019).It has been a cultural equity that brands India on the world stage for more than a decade now because of Prathibha Prahlad’s vision, direction, conviction and hard work.The Dept. of Posts, Govt of India, released a ‘First Day Cover’ of the Delhi International Arts Festival in 2011, with Prathibha Prahlad’s Mission Statement.
Prathibha Prahlad also has the unique distinction of being the only dancer of her generation to be on an Indian Postal ‘My Stamp’ of Rs.5 /- released by the Indian Posts & Telegraphs Dept., as a special honor to her extraordinary work in the arts field.
Prathibha Prahlad heads the Prasiddha Foundation & Forum For Arts Beyond Borders, both of which she has established into premier cultural organizations of the Country.
Prasiddha Dance Repertory, of which she is the Artistic Director and Choreographer has become a much sought after dance group and is frequently invited by International Festivals for performances. Her choreographies are renowned for their high aesthetic quality, technical brilliance and emotional connect. Prasiddha Dance Repertory, of which she is the Artistic Director and Choreographer has become a much acclaimed dance group and is frequently invited by International Festivals for performances. Prasiddha Repertory has performed widely in China, Japan, Belarus, Malaysia, Korea, Europe and most recently in Georgia and Armenia.
Her multi-style productions- VANDE MATARAM ,PAANCHAJANYA -sights & sounds of INDIA, SATYA SWACCH SUR, ‘SILK SUTRA -DANCE OF THE WEAVES’ ‘SITA -PARALLEL REALITIES’, ‘KRISHNA’s WIDOWS’ have won her huge accolades and have been emulated by many of her contemporaries and seniors in the field.