| Awards &
2008 - Board of Trustee, NJ Asian American Study Foundation
2008 - Nrithya Kala Sevamani
2008 - Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography
2003 - Kalaimamani
- New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly joint resolution Honoring
Ramya in Recognition of service to the Indian Community.
a Bharatanatyam dancer, Ramya's objective is the promotion and propagation
of this Indian Classical Dance form. She endeavors to achieve this
objective by teaching this form of ancient art at Nrithyanjali and
in schools and Universities around the United States. Ramya also
promotes awareness of the Bharatanatyam art form within the community
by performing in multifarious forums, along with her students. She
derives utmost personal gratification from dancing and imparting
this knowledge to others.
Bharatanatyam in all its splendor and glory was introduced
to Ramya at the early age of five. She had rigorous training
in all the basic steps called Adavus from Adayar K. Lakshman,
a legend from the Kalakshetra School of arts in India. After
learning this art's basic intricacies for six years, she performed
her Arangetram, (The Stage debut) at the age of eleven. From
then on she pursued this art to receive advanced training.
In this direction, she received training in the traditional
Guru Sishya Parampara, a close symbiotic relationship between
the master and student, from stalwarts like S.K. Rajarathnam
Pillai, Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and Dr. Padma Subramanyam.
Under the able guidance of Late S.K. Rajarathnam Pillai of
India, she had advanced training in both Nritta and Nritya
for several years. Rajarathnam Pillai was one of the senior
most disciples of the doyen Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai and a great
teacher and choreographer of his time. She had the privilege
of learning the intricacies of Abhinaya from Kalanidhi Narayanan,
a great dancer and tutor. She is the only living legend of
Bharatanatyam who is an authority in Abhinaya today. She also
underwent training in the theoretical aspects of Bharatanatyam
and Nattuvangam (wielding of cymbals), from Dr. Padma Subramanyam.
I also trained with her about Bharata's treatise, Natyashastra.
Dr. Padma Subramanyam has done extensive research and secured
her doctorate degree on Natyashastra by presenting a thesis
| My Guru's
Ramya Ramnarayan is an excellent performer, choreographer and a teacher who blends tradition with innovation. She hasstudied Bharatha Natyam under therenowned lineage of Guru Swamimalai Rajaratnam and abhinaya (expression) under Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, who are regarded as exponents in their field in India, where this art form originated.