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parna Matange, an artist with a rare combination of a dancer, choreographer, teacher and a singer, is one of the most accomplished Bharata Natyam dancers.  Trained in Bharata Natyam under the expert guidance of distinguished Guru Dr. Smt. Sucheta Chapekar, Aparna is recognized as one of her senior disciples.

After performing her Arangetram in 1987, Aparna continued her advance training in Bharata Natyam under the eminent guidance of her Guru Dr. Sucheta Chapekar who herself is recognized and acclaimed as one of the finest exponents of Bharata Natyam.

Aparna's Guru, Dr, Sucheta Chapekar has made a valuable contribution to the Bharata Natyam repertoire, through her research and presentation of Marathi compositions of the Thanjavur Maratha rulers.  Along with the traditional Bharata Natyam repertoire, Aparna has been extremely fortunate to have learnt and choreographed these Marathi compositions.

With a performing career of over 2 decades, Aparna has several performances to her credit.  She has performed extensively in India, United States and abroad.  Aparna was invited to present Bharata Natyam at many prestigious art institutions including the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai, Kalabharati Music and Arts, Mumbai.  Her lecture demonstrations at various International Universities have created an awareness of this dance form in the community.  She has also performed for several cultural and charitable organizations across America which have been widely appreciated by the international audience.

Aparna has gained extensive stage experience as a child artist.  She has participated in several theatre and dance ballet productions for 'Aviskhar Chandrashala', a theatre institution founded by famous veteran actress Smt. Sulabha Deshpande and late Shri. Arvind Deshpande.  Aparna also had the honor of participating in 100 theatre performances of the famous Marathi dance drama 'Durga Zhali Gauri'.

Awarded with a scholarship in dance by the Government of India, Aparna has been awarded the title of 'Singar Mani' by the Sur Singar Samsad.  She also received a special recognition from the University of Bombay, for receiving a Gold Medal in the inter collegiate dance competitions for 3 consecutive years, thus creating a record in itself.

In 1997, Aparna choreographed and performed a dance drama 'Malati Madhav',  for the India Fine Arts.  She is actively involved in group dance choreography along with classical dancers of her community.  "Rejuvenation" , a dance production choreographed and performed for a local charitable organization along with 6 other classical dancers was set to fusion tunes and fusion dance styles.  "Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya" is  another group dance production choreographed for Ekal Vidyalaya, a local charity organization.  She has also choreographed a number of group performances for various events around South Florida. 

Aparna has a Masters Degree in Life Sciences from the University of Bombay and is currently working in the field of Engineering Software.  A resident of South Florida since 1995, Aparna is the founder of Nritya Surabhi School of Dance and conducts dance classes in Pembroke Pines, FL.