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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Revathi Ramachandran is the new Director of Kalakshetra

By Buzybee

Revathi Ramachandran has officially taken charge as Director of Kalakshetra on 20 April 2018. It is a welcome move as the post was vacant for almost eight months.

Revathi Ramachandran, Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher,  is a direct disciple of Guru Mangudi Durairaja Iyer. 

An A Grade artist of Doordarshan, Revathi has performed in prestigious organizations in Chennai and different parts of India. She has travelled widely to many countries including the United States, France, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Italy for group presentations and workshops.

As recipient of  a fellowship from  the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Revathi has done research on the traditional art of Bhagavata Mela. She has assisted famous scholars like T.S. Parthasarathy, Dr. Arudra and Dr. R. Nagaswamy in their lectures, by demonstrating Suddha Nrittam and Tiru Tala Jati. Revathi  has coordinated the production of a CD-ROM titled ‘Bharathanatyam’ apart from choreographing and directing teleserials like ‘Deiveega Tirumanangal’,  ‘Kodhai Paadiya Paavai’ and ‘Gnaana Parambarai’. She had the opportunity of performing in the Hindi teleserial 'Noopur' presented by dancer-actor Hemamalini.

Over the years, Revathi has been exploring the richness of classical dance guided by various gurus, including Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. Her understanding of the art has been  further enriched by her training in nattuvangam with Guru Bhagavatulu Seetarama Sarma, veena from Kalpagam Swaminathan and  Kuchipudi from Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam.

She is the recipient of several awards including the Nadana Maamani, Yuva Kala Bharathi, Isai Kalai Chelvar, Natya Kala Sikhamani and the Arsha Kala Bhushanam Award.

Every year Revathi diligently pays homage to her Guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer by organising a festival in his memory.

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