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   About Ramya -- Aritstic Director
 Awards & Recognitions

2008 - Board of Trustee, NJ Asian American Study Foundation

2008 - Nrithya Kala Sevamani

2008 - Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography

2005 - Nadanamamani

2003 - Kalaimamani

2003 - New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly joint resolution Honoring Ramya in Recognition of service to the Indian Community.

As 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 on Karanas.

 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.

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