Sudha Chandran

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Born into a Tamil family in 1964, Sudha was exposed to a rich cultural heritage at a very young age. Her father, K.D. Chandran was an employee of the American Centre in Mumbai. She started dancing at the age of 3 and it was then that her family decided to provide her formal education in dance. Surprisingly, Sudha was refused admission to the prestigious dance school 'Kala Sadan' as the teachers believed she was too young. However, persistence on the part of her father saw her thru. Sudha continued her studies at St. Josephs Convent School with her first dance performance at the age of eight. By the age of 17, she had performed 75 stage programmes.
Very rarely we come across people who have the courage and heart to move on in life after tragedy strikes their personal lives. May 2nd 1981 was the day that changed Sudha Chandran forever. A highly accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Chandran met with a road accident during a pilgrimage via the Scindia School in Tamil Nadu. The bus she was travelling in hit a truck and her feet got stuck in the chaos. Those less injured helped out but by that time her right foot was critically injured. Unfortunately for her, the doctors made a mistake while trying to cure the infection. This mistake cost Sudha her right leg. To stop the spread of the infection, her right leg had to be amputated 7.5 inches below the knee.
Sudha remained in a state of shock and for a long time, battled depression. Many years later she turned to acting after the traumatic accident and proved she was not a quitter. One day, she read about Dr. Sethi of Jaipur who manufactured artificial legs. Reading this gave Sudha hope and she and her father went to visit him. Her will and hope was came down as she realized that with every dance session while wearing the artificial leg, her foot began to bleed and the pain became more severe as the pace of her dancing increased.

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