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Rama Vaidyanathan Workshops

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

Rama Vaidyanathan is known for her fresh approach to Bharatanatyam, and for her unique choreographic skills. In this program North American premiere she presents compositions that are completely rooted in Bharatanatyam, and yet they will have a new perspective to the evolving Bharatanatyam vocabulary. While pushing boundaries in the choreography, she goes beyond the form to give visual imagery to poetry in different Indian languages.

Morning Workshop - Jayadeva’s Ashtapadhi 5 –

Sanchara dhadhara

October 30, 31 and Nov. 1

Time: 10 am - 12 pm EST

Ragam : Thodi / Adi / triputa

On hearing of the fun Krishna was having with other gopis, Radha goes into a quiet bower, and tearfully tells her friend that all she can think about is Krishna.

A beautiful description of Krishna as remembered by Radha is the content of this ashtapadi.

Price: Early bird, $300

Workshop I - Skanda Sashti Thillana

(Intermediate Level)

October 30, 31 and Nov. 1

Time: 4:30- 6:30 pm EST

A nritta workshop in which Rama will teach Skanda Sashthi Thillana.

Price: regular price-$350. Early bird, $300

Workshop II - Abhinaya Item -Yeppadi Manam

(Advanced Level)

October 30, 31 and Nov. 1

Time: 6:45- 8:45 pm EST

Nritya workshop in which Rama will teach “Yeppadi Manam”

* Tamil poem by Arunachala Kavirayar Ragam *Huseni *Talam *Misra Chapu*.

A strong and bold Sita confronts Lord Rama asking him to revoke the decision of going to the forest for 14 years without her. She argues with him and presents a very strong case as to why she should accompany him. We all know who won that argument!

Price: regular price-$350. Early bird, $300

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Learn More about Rama Vaidyanathan

Rama Vaidyanathan Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the fore most Bharatanatyam dancers of her generation. She trained intensively under the legendry dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the celebrated Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. Rama has developed her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of her dance form. Her technique is grounded and yet there is a fresh approach to the innumerable dance compositions that she has added to the Bharatanatyam repertoire. Critics and audiences have lauded Rama’s extraordinary choreographic skills that have earned her the reputation of being a dancer who goes beyond her form.

In a performance career spanning 40 years Rama has had the distinction of having performed before three former Presidents of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. She is an Agrade artiste with Doordarshan and is in the outstanding category of artistes with the ICCR. She has represented India in several festivals abroad, most recently being the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” in Spain, organised by the ICCR. Rama has traveled extensively to Indian rural areas through SPICMACAY to introduce classical dance to rural children.

Having performed at every major dance venue of the world, she has been awarded with many awards and titles, including the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar. She has received the “Kalaimamani” from Govt of Tamil Nadu, “Kalashree” from Govt of Kerala, and the Kumar Gandharv Puraskar from the Govt of Madhya Pradesh. Other titles received in Chennai are Nadanamamani from Kartik Fine arts, Vani Kala Sudhakara from Tyagabrahma Gana Sabha, Nritya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, and Nritya Kalanidhi from the Music Academy. As the Vice President of Ganesa Natyalaya New Delhi, she has been actively engaged in teaching, balancing a hectic performance schedule while conducting workshops and master classes all over the world, inspiring a whole generation of dancers. As a dedicated teacher she has produced a number of accomplished and well-trained students who are full time professional dancers.

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