Chandralekha studied law in Mumbai before moving to dance in Chennai and emerging as one of India’s celebrated Bharatanatyam dancers. She wrote haikus and poems, designed posters and exhibitions, and lived as a free spirit enjoying touch, colour and movement. Lifelong, she remained a freelance artist, generating her own daily creative excitement. During the last two decades of her life she became known for her path-breaking choreographic works which have now become the yardstick to measure Indian contemporary dance.