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Classical Indian Dance & Music Celebrationwith Ramya Ramnarayan, Chithra Ramaswamy, Subha Srinivasan, Manjula & Sabarinath Ramachandran
Sunday, July 1 - Thursday, July 5$15
Chitra Ramaswamy is a very graceful and dedicated dancer who has the ability of portraying the character she plays with ardent devotion and grace. Her facial expressions co-coordinated with her intricate footwork and hand movements bring to life the character she portrays. She was introduced to classical dance at the age of nine and she found herself drawn to Bharathanatyam and began her education in the Kalakshetra style under the able guidance of her Guru Padmashree Adyar.K.Laksmanan of Chennai. Her guru is one of the foremost disciples of the legendary dance school, Kalakshetra, founded by Shrimathi Rukmani Arundale and it was natural that Chitra imbibed the Kalakshetra style of dance. Chitra has performed in almost all Sabhas of Chennai including the prestegious “The Music Academy”. She has toured various places in India for performances including Solo and dance dramas. Chitra is currently the artistic director of “Sanskriti School Of Dance” based at NJ. The school offers programs in Bharathanatyam with the aim of spreading the richness and grandeur of this art form and yet retaining its pureness and tradition. Her long term goal is to start a school that is “One Point Contact” for Indian fine arts in the USA. She is currently working on a project that depicts the color and variety in Indian dance forms and presentations. She aims at presenting various themes to help the society understand and appreciate art forms and thereby focus on one-ness and unity. Chitra is aiming at presenting themes that will help reach out to the audience and help them understand and appreciate the art better. She also plans to inculcate the precious art to various young students as devotedly and diligently as her Gurus.
Manjula Ramachandran is vocalist and vainika. She was initiated to music by by Jaya Mahadevan and continued under Swathi Thirunal academy professors Smt. G.Seetha Ammal and G. SeethaLakshmi. Mrs. Manjula received her advanced training in veena with Smt Gomathi Chidambaram. She is a proud receipient Governtment of India cultural scholarship for 12years, and was awarded with the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy award and All Radio Music National award. She has widely focused in many television episodes and radio performances. She currently teaches in New Jersey and is a widely sought artist for concerts, Dance arangetram and a dedicated teacher in the tristate area.
Sabarinath Ramachandran is Sophomore from South Brunswick High School. He started learning mridangam from his father and continued under Sri. Akshay and Sri Ganesh Kumar. Currently Sabari is mentored and student of Guru Sri. Nandakumar. He has accompanied Padmasri A Kanyakumari, Sankaran Namboothiri and other well-known musicians.
Hailing from a musically inclined family, Subha Srinivasan, has long been associated with the Lalgudi family for her musical learning. She was very fortunate to learn from Smt. Lalgudi R Rajalakshmi, the sister of the legendary violinist, Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman from a young age. She had rigorous training from Smt. Rajalakshmi for over 12 years, during which time, she performed for AIR, Bangalore and local sabhas. She continues to get guidance from her. She also had a couple of years of training from Smt. Anuradha Sridhar, another member of the illustrious Lalgudi family during her stay in California, USA. On moving to the US in 1992, she has performed in cities all over the United States. Subha has also been regularly performing for music sabhas in Chennai during the December Music festival every year. Known for her deep passion for our rich Carnatic Music, having started a music sabha with her husband in Charlotte, NC, she has been teaching several students for many years & continues to do so. She is also associated with the Chinmaya Ashram in New Jersey, where she renders her services in teaching young children to keep this tradition alive & thriving.
Ramya Ramnarayan is considered one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam dance today, combining legacy, expertise and experience as both a performer and an innovative choreographer and educator. “Though her manner is often youthfully sweet, Ms. Ramnarayan is also capable of sternness and force. Only gradually do you realize that she is a considerable virtuoso and a complex stylist.” – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times accurately referring to her capabilities as a performer.