Sudha Chandran: By Veda Thirumandas
Courtesy of SouthDreamz
Sudha Chandran (age 47) is one of India’s most talented individuals to date who not only managed to touch the Indian society through many of her “avant garde” roles but also set an example of moving past a difficult disability and coming out even stronger. Chandran began her career as an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer but was forced to cease this passion of hers after an accident which caused her to form an infection, so severe, in her leg that the doctors had no choice but to amputate it. Although Chandran was educated – she had her B.A. and M.A. in economics- her true passion was dance so the fact that she was unable to dance any longer, was a true tragedy. Instead of letting it pull her down though, Chandran overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic “Jaipur” leg and began her dancing career once again after two years. Her story and fame spread far and wide as she began giving performances in various nations including Europe and Canada. Soon enough, Chandran decided to move past classical dancing and stepped into the entertainment industry. She became reputed for her heavy and dramatic saris, chunky jewelry, and large designer bindis as well as her ability to portray various characters in a seemingly natural and flawless way. Her struggle due to the loss of her leg was quite grave yet Chandran showed the world that her loss had not caused her to forget her goals nor did it stop her in achieving any of them, on the contrary it allowed her to become a symbol of will-power and strength within the Indian community. Through the years she has been commended by many influential people, has received many prestigious awards, and has also had her life story depicted in both a Telugu and Hindi film. Through her hard work and perseverance, Sudha Chandran managed to reach many heights in her career and thus become one of the most well-known and reputed actors of our time. She has shown us that despite any possible disability, one has the ability to achieve their goals and that a simple disability cannot bring someone down.