Menon, Padma (1966-)

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Dancer; Artistic Director; Teacher; Choreographer
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Born in Kerala State, India, Padma Menon trained initially in the Bharatha Natyam style in Hyderabad in 1973. The next year she began training in Kuchipudi and in 1975 gave her graduation recital (Arangetram) in both styles. In 1976 she moved to Madras to work with Vempati Chinna Satyam in the Kuchipudi style and became a member of his dance company, which was attached to the Kuchipudi Art Academy in Madras. In India Menon performed extensively with this company and also gave solo performances across the country.

Menon moved to Australia in 1987 and established herself in Canberra in 1988. She began her Australian career giving solo performances of Kuchipudi, the first of which was Kuchipudi at the National Gallery of Australia in 1989. By 1993 she had established her Kailash Dance Company. It was renamed Padma Menon Dance Theatre in 1996 and Menon, with a philosophy that there is always a dynamic within cultures to change, worked to develop a context in which Kuchipudi could live and grow in Australia. She employed Anglo-Australians as well as Indian-Australians in her company and toured twice to India with her cross-cultural works. In 1996 she collaborated with Meryl Tankard to create Rasa, which used dancers from both Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and her own Padma Menon Dance Theatre. While in Canberra Menon also established a school of Indian Dance, which became Kailash Dance in 1991 and which reopened in Sydney in 1998 as Mudra Dance.

Menon left Canberra in 1998. She studied postmodern techniques in Sydney with Russell Dumas and theatre directing and Butoh with Nigel Kellaway. Menon continued her work as a dancer and teacher for several years in the Netherlands where she also undertook postgraduate studies in choreography. She then lived for a time in India.

In 2008 Menon returned to Canberra, establishing the Mudra Centre for Dance.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Menon, Padma
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project

Resources by Padma Menon (4)

  1. Padma Menon interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 88,672.672)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 88,672.672)

  2. Padma Menon interviewed by Jennifer Gall for the Monaro multicultural music and dance collection
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Sound : 1991 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86,304.961)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 86,304.961)

  3. Siva in me / words Padma Menon ; images Barbie Robinson
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Book : 2018 ]
    At National Library
    Siva in me / words Padma Menon ; images Barbie Robinson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75,837.477)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75,837.477)

  4. Padma Menon
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Archived website, Periodical : 2000-2019 ]
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    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,163.312)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,163.312)

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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Padma Menon, dancer and choreographer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 103,215.641)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 103,215.641)

  2. Padma Menon interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Sound : 1996 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 88,880.914)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 88,880.914)

  3. Padma Menon interviewed by Jennifer Gall for the Monaro multicultural music and dance collection
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Sound : 1991 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 85,654.562)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 85,654.562)

  4. Siva in me / words Padma Menon ; images Barbie Robinson
    Menon, Padma, 1966-
    [ Book : 2018 ]
    At National Library
    Siva in me / words Padma Menon ; images Barbie Robinson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75,150.758)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 75,150.758)

  5. Portrait of Padma Menon / George Serras
    Serras, George
    [ Photograph : 1995 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Portrait of Padma Menon / George Serras
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,822.652)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 58,822.652)

  6. Padma Menon performing "Yaathra - The Journey", 1992 / Ross Gould
    Gould, Ross, 1946-
    [ Photograph : 1996 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Padma Menon performing "Yaathra - The Journey", 1992 / Ross Gould
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 57,625.543)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 57,625.543)

  7. Parijatham : [poster]
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1995 ]
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 40,172.637)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 40,172.637)

  8. Australian Dance Theatre production Rasa
    [ Photograph : 1996 ]
    View online
    At State Library S Aust
    Australian Dance Theatre production Rasa
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 38,695.316)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 38,695.316)

  9. Australian Dance Theatre production Rasa
    [ Photograph : 1996 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
    Australian Dance Theatre production Rasa
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 38,058.984)

  10. Australian Dance Theatre production Rasa
    [ Photograph : 1996 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
    Australian Dance Theatre production Rasa
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37,354.312)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37,354.312)

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  1. Padma Menon's impact on dance scene considerable The Canberra Times ARTIST of the year AWARD
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 25 September 1993 p 25 Article Illustrated
    ... Padma Menon's impact on dance scene considerable Canberra (Tlmrs AWARD Bv JENNIFER KINGMA PADMA ... this recognition. Since coming to Canberra in 1989 Padma Menon has made a considerable impact on the ... 718 words
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  2. Menon's journey proves successful DANCE
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Wednesday 11 May 1994 p 29 Article
    ... Menon's journey proves successful r DANCE By HELEN MUSA Yaathra, The Journey, directed by Padma ... , May 6. CANBERRA choreographer and dancer Padma Menon, in trans forming her Kailash School of Indian ... 724 words
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  3. DANCE New face for Menon but not accessible | Vishnu the Preserver performed by Padma Menon, at the ANG Theatre August 9-10. Professional.
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Wednesday 14 August 1991 p 28 Article
    ... DANCE New face for Menon but not accessible By HELEN MUSA Vishnu the Preserver performed by Padma ... from the audience. While Padma Menon has shown us a new face to Kuchipu-di, it seems a pity she has ... 292 words
    • Text last corrected on 26 April 2018 by MeAgain
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  1. Padma Menon Dance Theatre (1993-1998)
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  2. Raman, Padma
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  1. Padma Menon Dance Theatre
    [ Video : 1900 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined;lis, [2 others]
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  2. Padma / Suresh Menon
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    [ Video, Government publication : 1998-2000 ]
    Languages: English;Tamil, [1 other]
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  3. Forum: Multiculturalism, migration and a sustainable Australia
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  1. Principle: equality: [The principle of the equality of all cultures]
    Menon, Padma
    Australian Mosaic
    [ Article : 2011 ]
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  2. Cultural rights - my lived experience
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    Australian Mosaic
    [ Article : 2010 ]
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  3. Siva the Cosmic Dancer (16 June 1995 - 17 June 1995) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 1995 ]
    At AusStage
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  4. Sacred Being - A Feminine Space (13 April 2007 - 14 April 2007) [Event Description]
    [ Article : 2007 ]
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  1. [Padma Menon Dance Theatre : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia]
    [ Published : 1900 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Records of Sirocco
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    [ Unpublished : 1980-2004 ]
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  1. Russian panorama
    Menon, Kumar Padma Sivasankar
    [ Book : 1962-1963 ]
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  2. Many worlds : an autobiography / K. P. S. Menon
    Mench, Kumar Padma Silvasankar
    [ Book : 1965 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  3. Spirit of India [theatre program] : Adelaide Festival of Arts
    Kothari, Keshav
    [ Book : 1988 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  4. China : past & present / [by] K. P. S. Menon
    Menon, K. P. S. (Kumara Padmanabha Sivasankara), 1898-
    [ Book : 1968 ]
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    At 9 libraries
    China : past & present / [by] K. P. S. Menon
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  1. CERTIFICATES OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Monday 14 February 1972 [Issue No.13] p 98

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... , Shiv Lai, 103 Seven Hills Road, North Seven Hills 2147, 11 5 71, Wadhera, Padma Ram, 103 Seven Hills ... 24758 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.098)

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  2. NEW SOUTH WALES
    Australian Government Gazette. Periodic (National : 1974 - 1977) Tuesday 6 April 1976 p 8

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... , Paraskevas, 7 Francis Street, Leichhardt 2040, 6.2.75; Ajaka, Padma Wati, 27 Broadbent Street, Kingsford 2032 ... 69477 words
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  3. COMMONWEALTH SAVINGS BANK OF AUSTRALIA
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Periodic (National : 1977 - 2011) Friday 30 June 1989 p 2

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    ... Neil Edward Ian . Padma T/F Yogeeta Albert Rosalind T/F Nicola Ellen Jeanette Jill Edith Faye Katherine ... 175126 words
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  1. Indian Dance in Australia
    Indian Dance in Australia
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    Since the late 1940s Australian audiences have been exposed to the highly stylised features of Indian dance, themes of Hindu mythology and the epic legends of the Ramayana and Mahabharata that are ...

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  2. Adelaide Festival of the Arts (1960 - )
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    The Adelaide Festival of the Arts is a biennial festival held in Autumn which showcases music, theatre, dance, new media events, literature and visual arts. Modelled on the Edinburgh Festiva...

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