Leela Samson is an Indian classical dancer, author, actor, and a choreographer. She was born on May 6, 1951 at Coonoor taluk in Tamil Nadu.She is the daughter of Laila Samson and Vice-Admiral (Retd.) Benjamin Abraham Samson.

Leela's father was a Pune native and belonged to the community of Jewish Bene-Israelite while her mother's hometown was Ahmedabad. In 1939, Royal Indian Navy inducted Benjamin as the unit's lieutenant. Within twenty years, they promoted him to the post of the National Defence Academy's commandant.

Benjamin's sister Annie served as the Anjum-e-Islam Muslim school's principal for more than thirty years. When Leela turned nine, Benjamin admitted her to Rukmini Devi Arundale's traditional dance institution named Kalakshetra.

She pursued her graduate degree from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai. While studying there, Leela resolved to take up Bharatnatyam as a career. After getting the required training from Kalakshetra, Leela embarked on her professional journey.

She tutored several students in Delhi's Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. Soon, she became the most sought-after dancer and started performing to packed houses in different African and European countries.

In 1995, Leela formed a group labeled Spanda, which would review the Bharatanatyam's vocabulary. Her work has inspired some filmmakers who have created The Flowering Tree and Sanchari as an ode to her. Leela's disciple list included Justin McCarthy and Joyce Paul Poursabahian.

Both of them are Sri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra's tutors. She is the writer of Rukmini Devi: A Life, Rukmini Devi Arundale's biography. Leela is the recipient of Padma Shri, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Kalaimamani. In 2015, Leela acted in Mani Ratnam Mani Ratnam is an Indian filmmaker deeply rooted t >> Read More... directorial OK Kanmani, a Tamil motion picture.

Her acting won her a nomination in 63rd Filmfare Awards South Show Synopsis Coming Soon...  >> Read More... in the category of Tamil's Best Supporting Actress. She has been surrounded by many controversies. Some people have accused her of favoring the Indian National Congress party because of her relations with Priyanka Vadra.

Leela was one of the key members of United Progressive Alliance. In 2011, UPA government appointed her as the chairperson of the Indian film industry's Censor Board. The fact that she wasn't an ardent film viewer and had no connection with the movies added fuel to the fire.

However, she handed over her resignation to its authorities when the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal invalidated her demand to stop the release of MSG: The Messenger of God. Leela also headed the Sangeet Natak Akademi, south zone cultural center.

Sharmila Thapa

Sharmila Thapa is an Indian actress, VJ as well as an anchor, who is predominantly working in Tamil film along with television industry . She was born in Narayanghat, Nepal. She has acted in over four films as a supporting actress , two serials and shows. She completed her graduation in Human Resources . After her graduation, she gave an audition to become an anchor on a show for a famed news channel, although she was abnegated. Unsatisfied , she waved the white flag and continued to work as a graduate in Tourism and Travel Management as well as a visa assistance executive Via Anna Adarsh College for Women in Anna Nagar. Engrossingly, Sharmila Thapa's chance for advancement came, when she visited a therapy center for her weight loss in Vadapalani. There she befriended Aditya TV VJ Archana who guided her toward an audition for the comedy channel. At last, she ended up at their studio exclusively for the audition by 2012. She executed few comical plays as well as dance steps . After a few months, for the first time on April 14, 2013 show went on air where she got a call to befit a Video Jockey. Sharmila Thapa, a young anchor made her debut in an entertaining industry in a morning show called "Vaanga Sirikalam" by hosting it on Adithya Channel. While the anchors are expected to look for a gift of the bag, Sharmila Thapa was the last one to host this kind of a show as Sharmila took birth and was brought up in Nepal and unaware of even a single word of Tamil language, when five years ago she moved to Chennai to complete her under graduation. But appreciatively to her efforts that she put in to master the Tamil language, she has arrived as one of the most popular or well known Tamil anchors. The city was not generous to her in the beginning, Sharmila Thapa used to shed tears nearly every day, As she was unaware of Tamil language and she found it very cumbersome to get along with her colleagues. Sharmila was also frightened that she would be ragged and she even pondered she wouldn’t be able to withstand with the entire accent that she faced. But Sharmila was ascertained to make this city dwell for her and was supported by her mates. She began to comprehend Tamil and ended up speaking as confidently as a native speaker. Although Sharmila Thapa moved to Chennai to complete her graduation in Human Resources and confiscate a corporate job, her future seemed to have had something else for her life. The diffident, timorous girl, who stammered to talk to strangers and who had never faced a stage in her entire life, was found slang away in Tamil at an event. One of the friends of Sharmila’s spotted her talent . Sharmila Thapa was asked to tell a joke and she was not at all prepared for it. Then she was spun like a karak-attam which is a water pot dance. Fortunately, she carried herself well and was selected. Sharmila Thapa got an opportunity to act in the Tamil television serial "Thendral" alongst with Deepak Dinkar, whose director and producer were S.Kumaran and Vikatan Televistas Pvt Ltd. Thapa also got a chance to act with famous actors like Soori, Ajith Kumar, Robo Shankar, Prabhu and Rajendran too. Sharmila Thapa has got an opportunity to appear in some famed films such as Tea Kadai Raja, Vedalam as well as Kappa. Her performances in many films were praised or glorified, particularly in "Vedalam", which was the Best film of the year 2015. Sharmila Thapa also worked with some of the well-known names of that duration like Thapa in "Sakalakala Vallavan" alongst with Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Anjali as well as Vivek too. Thapa is currently Anchoring in Adithya TV. Her dance moves and humor have won her entirely fans among all television audiences. But what makes her different from other video jockey is her astonishing fluency in the Tamil language. People of Tamil often stop her on the road and ask if Sharmila Thapa's voice was dubbed or whether she can speak the Tamil language. She has been avoiding bus travel to escape from such questions . Sharmila Thapa is well-known on screen, who has been making people entertain as a VJ as well as a dance artist along with Tamil humor channel Adithya TV . A native of Nepal, Sharmila Thapa who moved to the city of Tamils without even knowing a single word of the Tamil language, has achieved an almost celebrity-like status among all Chennaiites, either young or old. Sharmila Thapa’s Television performances, as well as a celebrity-like fame have had some anticipated repercussion and she dreams of furbishing on the big screen as her icon Kovai Sarala.

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