Through the Production Company and school �" Nrithyanjali, Ms. Ramnarayan has carved her own niche as one of the leading Bharatanatyam exponents in the world. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recognized Ramya as a leading crafter of the art form through grants under the Master-Apprenticeship program.
Ms. Ramnarayan has extended the outreach of Bharatanatyam by presenting educational and enriching dance showcases & full length performances at various universities, colleges, museums, libraries and under the auspicious of the Young Audiences NJ/PA reaching out to over 10,000 audience members per year. She was a visiting faculty appointee in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of Arts, affiliated to Rutgers University.
Ms. Ramnarayan has been featured at prestigious venues such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, at the Alvin Ailey Citi Group Theater NYC, at The International Fringe Festival, NY, at number of universities like the Rutgers University, Drew University, Wesleyan University, Lehigh University, Stockton College of NJ, etc and at various museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, Allentown Museum to name a few.
Some prominent awards and recognition conferred on her include:
“Kalaimamani”(Tamil Nadu State), “Nadanamamani”(Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai), Nrithya Seva Mani” (Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana), and the Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography (New Jersey State Council on the Arts). The Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey have passed a joint resolution recognizing her for her commitment, dedication and achievement in the art. Ramya is a NJ Governor appointee and is on the Board of Trustees for the Asian American Study Foundation. She is also an Indian Council for Cultural Relations Empanelled artist.
" ... Ms. Ramnarayan moves between characterful storytelling and nonrepresentational dance. She does this with remarkable fluency" �" The NY Times “Ramya creates a moonlit rapture with feminine grace and infinite tenderness” -The Star Ledger
Benefit shows organized and performed by Ms. Ramnarayan are numerous. Over the years she has organized fundraisers and has donated over $200,000 to various charities such as Tsunami Relief Fund, Haiti Relief Fund, The American Red Cross, Wellness Community Center, Easton Hospital, Kids Peace America, Free the Children, North Brunswick Public Library, Sankara Eye Foundation, Guruvayoor Appan Sannidhi, and Ranganatha Seva Samithi.
Divya Shankar is a graduating high schooler from Monroe Township High School, heading to Michigan State University to pursue her higher education. She has been learning Bharathanatyam from Guru Smt. Ramya Ramnarayan for seven years. She is also very interested in and performs other forms of dance.
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Ramachandran Suresh is a disciple of Thiruvaiyaru V. Gurumurthy, a student of the mridangam maestro Palani Anna. As a graded artist of the All India Radio, Ramachandran has been featured in many radio and television programs in India. He has had the privilege of performing with many leading musicians including T. N. Seshagopalan, Ravi Kiran, Prof. T. R. Subramaniam and Tanjore Kalyanaraman. Ramachandran holds a Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Sciences and is currently working for the R&D division of a pharmaceutical company.
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