Dr. Padma Subrahmayam is a multi-faceted artiste scholar who has inherited values from her parents K. Subrahmanyam and Meenakshi. She has developed a dance style based on Natya Sastra and has been imparting this Bharata Nrityam from her 14th year at Nrithyodaya. She has been recognised as a bridge between theory practise and history. She has been and still an active performer and has received more than 90 awards including Padmasri, Padma Bhushan and Akadami Ratna from the President of India, Kalaimamani from Govt.of Tamil Nadu and Kalidas Samman from Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. She is the only dancer in India who has recieved the Fukuoka Asian Cultaral Award from Japan for her contribution towards harmony and devolopment in Asia. She is the Managing Trustee of Bharata Ilango Foundation for Asian Culture which is a Pan - Asian research centre on performing arts.