Tanjore Balasaraswati was born on May 13, 1918, in Madras. She was acclaimed to make Bharatanatyam as an avowed dance form in all the parts of the world.
She gave her first performance in 1925 and the debuting performance out of South India executing her traditional dance style in Calcutta in the year 1934. Her performances attracted audience all over the world and soon she became reputable in the entire world. She established a dance school in association with Music Academy in Madras where she trained new dancers in Bharatanatyam as per her vision.
She received the most cheered Padma Bhushan in 1957, Padma Vibhushan in 1977, and Sangita Kalanidhi from Madras Music academy in 1973.
Bengali film director Satyajit Ray made a documentary named ‘Bala’ on Balasaraswati in 1976.