Thaka Dimi Tha is the first show based on classical dance on a TV Channel. ThakaDimi Tha is aired on Jaya TV Every Sunday, from 8am. Actress Bhanupriya hosts this show which begins in 2001. The Writer of this show is Churchill Pandian and Director was Radhika Surjith. ThakaDimi Tha concentrates on Bharatanatyam. The show is aimed to make the common people aware on BharathaNatyam and promote budding talent and help youngsters to learn dance and also gives an opportunity for them to present their talent.
The show almost reached more than 250 episodes. People from Tamil Nadu, Other states and even dancers from abroad took part in the show. The winners of previous participants meet in semi-final Thaka Dhimi Tha. The main focus is on the choreography of Bharathanatyam. There are three rounds in the show and Each episode has a segment called Celluloid choice and Every Episode. The talents are selected on based on choreographic skills, by dance teachers like Ranganayaki Jayaram, Chitra Visveswaran, Lakshmi Viswanathan, Krishnakumari Narendran, Udipi Lakshminarayanan,V Dhananjayan, Saroja Vaidyanathan, Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, N Ramani, Dr.Saraswathi, Vasantha Vaikunth, Gita Kasthuri, Ranjani, Lakshmi-Saraswathi, Madhuvanthy, Lakshmanan, Gopika and Shobhana Bhalachandra and famous dancer Padma Subramaniam.
Actresses like '
Ranjitha', 'Ishwarya', 'G Raghuram', 'Chachu', '
Sulakshana', 'Mahendra', '
Janaki' , Rawi , Anni, Gnanam, Padmanabhan, '
Mahalakshmi', Dr.Narmadha, Veenai Jayanthi Kumaresh, and Singers like Chinmayee, Mahathi Kalyani have also hosted Semi-finals of Thaka Dhimi Tha. Churchill Pandian is a famous journalist and writer in magazines like Kadir, Dinamalar, Mangaiyar Malar, Kalai Magal, Amudha Surabhi. He has written at least 1000 articles in his 10 years in Industry. He has published books on Mother Teresa, Ramana Maharishi in name Anbu Arul Anantham and Kanchi Maha Swamigalidam Kidaitha Anubavangal by well known Vanathy Publications. He was Production Manager TV series Bharatiya Natya Sastra, producer of the show was Dr. Padma Subramaniam. He Scripted a lot of shows for DD Podhigai and other TV channels.
He founded Utsav Academy of Fine Arts in the year 2000 and staged Celluloid Classics with Battery Dance Company -
New York. Bhanupriya is a South Indian actress born in Andhra Pradesh. She has acted in many Malayalam,Tamil and Telugu Movies. She has acted in more than 150 films. Her first movie was Mellai Pesungal. She was married to Adarsh Kaushal and she has a sister Shantipriya. She has a daughter named abhinaya. She has also dubbed in a movie India for
Urmila Matondkar. Radhika Surjith is one of famous dance daughters trio, Other's being Gayatri and actress Shobhana. she is a recipient of Padma Bhushan.She has done performances inside our country as well as outside. In Chennai, she has an institute called Thrayee. She is Choreographer and a Director as well.