Sri T.K Narayan , born in Hassan-Karnataka, founded the 'Academy of Bharata Natayam' in the year 1948. He was the direct disciple of the great and revered masters Gurus Sri. Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai and Sri.Muthu Kumara Pillai, dating back to 1940's. He was inspired by and closely associated for a number of years with legendry dancers Ramgopal and Madam Menaka and also worked as the Director of their institutions prior to starting his own Academy. The two Ballets, Tagore ""Chitra"" and ""Birth of Our Nation"", produced and directed by him in Bombay in the year 1947 with Smt. Himakesarcodi and Sri. Krishnan Kutty, won the highest appreciation not only by Lord and Lady Mountbatten but all over India as well. His long career as a lecturer and later as principal of the Government college of Music and Dance in Hyderabad, was replete with remarkable service in this field. Sri. Narayan was a puritan and a perfectionist that clearly reflected in his work. Smt.Jayalakshmi Narayan was a talented vocalist, connected herself with the Academy by virtue of her marriage to Sri Narayan. Her tireless teaching experiance of over four decades in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad was instrumental for the reputation of the Academy. She conducted performances by singing and doing the Nattuvangam herself. This ability enabled her to travel widely all over Europe and Russia accompanying the famous danseuse Smt. Kamala in 1961. She also had a successful teaching stint in the Singapore Fine Arts Society in 1976.