Leela Samson is a virtuoso performer and a sensitive interpreter of the nuances of Bharatanatyam. ‘Spanda’, a body of work choreographed by her, has been enthralling audiences with its innovativeness in tradition for the last twenty years. ‘Nadhi–the river’ is her latest production. Her publications include Rhythm in Joy (1987) and Rukmini Devi – a Life (2010). She was Director, Kalakshetra (2005-2012); Chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi (2010-2014); and Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification (2011-2015). She is a recipient of the Sanskriti Award (1982), the Padmashri Award (1990), the Nritya Choodamani Award (1997), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2000) and the Natya Kala Acharya Award (2015).