- Published By: Sruti
MK. Saroja, the veteran Bharatanatyam dancer,
guru and abhinaya exponent, turns 82 this
April. Saroja was the first member of her family
— involved in the textile business, with no connection to
the arts — to become a dancer. Born on 7 April 1931 to
Rajammal and Shanmugavel Kathirvel Mudaliar, Saroja
took to dancing at the age of six.