Arts Council of Sri Lanka
State Ballet and Puppetry Advisory Board
Nirmala John

Member Since – 01/2020

Dancer, choreographer and the founder of the dance academy ‘Nirmalanjali’ in 1986, having obtained the Diploma in Bharatanatyam in Colombo, did further studies at Bharata Kalanjali under Sri. V.P. Dhananjayan, Adayar, Chennai, and obtained the Advanced Diploma certificate. Subsequently completed the Bachelors and Masters Degree in Fine Arts at First Class of the Bharathidasan University, India

Recognised by the State of Sri Lanka for nomination to represent at the 6th World Tamil Conference in Malasysia, 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Norway and Sri Lanka in Norway, chosen to perform at the anniversary program of the famous Nadarajah Temple in Chidambaram, 50th Anniversary Celebration in Kandyan dance of Sri. Chitrasena and many other presentations both on stage and television on momentous occasions.

Presented classical literary creations of the English Language, concepts from the Holy Bible in Bharatanatyam and harmonised Bharatanatyam with Kandyan Dance. Honoured with titles such as ‘Kalai Chelvi’, ‘Natya Kala Jothi’, ‘Natya Kakai Chudar’, ‘Natya Kala Mani’ and ‘Natya Elavarasi’, and awarded the prestigious ‘Bunka Prize’ of Japan

While holding positions as member of the Dance and Ballet Panel of the Ministry of Culture, judge at dance competitions of the State and lecturer cum examiner at State universities, employed on the permanent tutorial staff of St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo 7