Shobana is an Indian film actress and Bharata Natyam dancer from South India. She has acted in more than 200 films in several languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English.
Shobana was trained under the Bharata Natyam dancers, Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subrahmanyam. She emerged as an independent performer and choreographer in her twenties and currently runs a dance school, Kalarpana, in Chennai. In 2006, India honoured Shobana with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards classical dance.
Shobhana is an accomplished Bharata Natyam dancer.She did her dance training at the Chidambaram academy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu under Chitra Visweswaran. Shobhana danced Abhinaya, a pivotal element in Bharata Natyam.She was among the judges in Jodi No.1,a reality show for dance aired in Vijay TV.
She has worked on collaborative ventures with the likes of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram and Mandolin Srinivas. Her recitals abroad include those at the World Malayalee convention, in the United States in 1985 and 1995, in Kuala Lumpur before the King and Queen of Malaysia, numerous cities in the United States, Europe, South East Asia and Australia. Shobhana started performing in prestigious Soorya Music & Dance festival organised by Soorya Krishnamoorthy from the year 1994. In 1999, Shobhana along with Prabhu Deva and A R Rahman performed with a Tamil film dancing troupe at the “Michael Jackson and Friends” concert in Munich, Germany. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam’s stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai in 2000.