Leela Samson


Leela Samson taught at the Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra from 1975 – 2005 and privately in Delhi, and choreographed a body of work titled ‘Spanda’, which is known for its innovations in Bharatanatyam. Leela has performed at leading festivals of dance in India and abroad. She had served as Director of Kalakshetra from 2005 to 2012; as Chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi from 2010 to 2014; and as Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification from 2011 to 2015. Leela has also authored books on dance: Rhythm in Joy (1987) and Rukmini Devi – a life (2010) are a select few titles. She is the recipient of the Sanskriti Award in 1982, the Padmashri Award in 1990, the Nritya Choodamani Award in 1997, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2000, and the Natya Kala Acharya Award from the Music Academy (Chennai) in 2015