Sudha Chandran is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Indian film and television actress, who turned to acting following the loss of a leg in an accident in June 1981 near Trichy, Tamil Nadu.Sudha Chandran was born to Tamil-Brahmin parents in Kannur, Kerala on 21 September 1964. She earned her B.A from Mithibai College, Mumbai
and subsequently an M.A in Economics. In 1981, on June 5, while
traveling from Mumbai for a pilgrimage via the Scindia School in Tamil
Nadu, she met with an accident in which she was wounded. The doctors
missed a wound on her ankle and plastered the leg. After two weeks,
Chandran returned to Madras for a checkup and doctors realized that the
wound was now infected and a gangrene
had formed and there was no alternative other than to amputate her leg.
Chandran says that this period was the toughest time of her life. She
subsequently overcame her disability with the help of a prosthetic 'Jaipur foot', becoming one of the most highly acclaimed dancers of the Indian subcontinent.
She received invitations from all over the world for performances. She
was honored with various awards. She performed as far away from home as
Europe, Canada and the Middle East. Soon after she catapulted to fame
and recognition by venturing into the world of films and television. She
gained fame after the tragic incident. Now she has become an
inspiration to many.