Guru Kalaimamani Smt. Ramya Ramnarayan

Ramya Ramnarayan is a commendable Bharatanatyam performer, choreographer, educator and a torch bearer of this art, who blends tradition with innovation. Ms. Ramnarayan belongs to the vintage style of Vazhuvoor. She has been trained for number of years with doyens in the field of Bharatanatyam, Guru Kalaimamani Rajarathnam Pillai and Padmabushan Smt Kalanidhi Narayanan.
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

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.

Bharathanatya Arangetram 13th July 2019

Smt. Simi Shankar and Sri. Shankar Kolinjavadi

along with

Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance

Cordially invite you to attend the

Bharathanatya Arangetram

of their daughter

Divya Shankar

Grand daughter of
Smt. Padma and Late Sri. K.R.Balasubramanian
Smt. Kamakshi and Late Sri. R.Srinivasan


Nattuvangam : Guru Kalaimamani Ramya Ramnarayan
Vocal : Vidwan Akshay Padmanabhan
Mridangam : Vidwan Nagai Narayanan
Violin : Vidwan Durai Srinivasan


Program :
Seating : 4.30 PM
Recital : 5.00 PM
Dinner : 8.00 PM

On Saturday, July 13th 2019
at Montgomery Performing Arts Center
(Montgomery Township High School)
1016 Route 601,
Skillman, NJ 08558, USA.

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Official Invite


Chief Guest

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.

Program Sheet

Thodaya Mangalam - Ragamalika: Talamalika
Thodaya Mangalam is a prayer song in praise of Lord Gyana Sabesa the village deity of Vazhuvoor
Pushpanjali - Ragam - Nattai : Thalam - Adi : Composer - S.K. Rajarathnam
Pushpanjali is an offering with "pushpam" meaning flowers. The dancer offers flowers, pray to God and seek the blessings of the guru, orchestra and audience for a successful performance

Alarippu - Thalam - Rupakam
Alarippu is a dance number focusing on the "nritta" or technique of dance. Alarippu, meaning "blossoming of a flower" traditionally opens every Bharathanatyam performance. The Alarippu refers to the blossoming of the dancer on the stage both physically and spiritually as she goes through the learning and presentation of Bharathanatyam

Jathiswaram - Ragam - Vasantha : Thalam - Rupakam : Composer - Tanjore Quartet
Jatiswaram is a pure dance number. It involves no facial expressions or emotion. Instead, it tests the dancer�s ability to execute a complex, elaborate series of rhythmical patterns (jathis) carefully timed to accompanying sequences of musical notes and beats (swaras).

Artists Introduction
Varnam - Ragam - Natakurunji : Thalam - Adi - Rangasami Nattuvanar
A varnam is the most elaborate, complex, interesting, and challenging item of a recital and calls for the versatility of the dancer in both footwork and mime. The dancer is conversing with Lord Ranga and believes that only his lotus feet can rescue her from the hardship of life

Dikshitar Kriti - Ragam - Arabhi : Thalam - Rupakam : Composer - Muthuswami Dikshitar
Oh, Supreme goddess Saraswati, I pray to you. You are adored by Lord Vishnu, Lord Siva, Skanda and you are the consort of Lord Brahma

Felicitation of artists and vote of thanks
Awarding of Diploma
Gudittodi Varai - Ragam - Shuddhasaveri : Thalam - Adi : Composer - Ambujam Krishna
This attractive composition describes the young, adorable child Guha and how his delightful form fills the heart of his devotees

Thillana - Ragam - Kedaram : Thalam - Adi : Composer - Ramiah Pillai
The Thillana is fast paced finale with intricate foot work and striking lyrics

Mangalam is the final item in the sequence. The dancer calls for blessings of the people all around.

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