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Dr (Smt) Lakshmi Ramaswamy (born 7 July 1968) Founder and Director of Sri Mudhraalaya, Academy of Bharatanatyam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is an Indian classical dancer, teacher, choreographer and researcher.[1]. Graded ‘Top’ by Doordarshan (Broadcasting Television Network, Government of India), she is a Fulbright Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Ministry of Culture (India) and a Guest Faculty at the University of Madras. She has paved her path through extensive training which has won her the titles of ‘Yuva Kala Bharati’ from Bharat Kalachar (2000),‘Vedantam Satyanarayana Award’ from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2012) and Acharya Kala Bharathi or the Best Guru Award from Bharath Kalachar (2016) amongst many others.

Dr (Smt) Lakshmi Ramaswamy

Early Life[edit]

Dr Ramaswamy was born in Tirunelveli to Krishnan & Sundari. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of five from Smt Indira Krishnamoorthy . After her schooling from St Ignatius Convent, she pursued her bachelor of Commerce from Sarah Tucker College. Soon after her marriage, she moved to Chennai and trained under Padma Shri (Smt) Chitra Visweswaran at Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts - CAPA . She was trained in Karanas under the guidance of Dr Padma Subrahmanyam , has honed her Abhinaya skills from Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan and studied Tamil literature from Dr S Raghuraman . With hard work and passion, Dr Ramaswamy became the first Doctorate from Madras University in Bharatanatyam.

With my first teacher Smt Indira Krishnamoorthy in Thirunelveli, 1988

Career[edit]

My Arangetram, 1986

Dr Ramaswamy is an empanelled artist of ICCR (India Centre for Cultural Relations) and the SZCC (South Zone Culture Centre). She has performed numerous solos and group dances in National and International festivals at prestigious venues across the world.

Dr Ramaswamy has presented papers in National and International seminars and conferences such as Semmozhi Maanadu (International Conference for Classical Tamil), ‘Dialogue through dance’ at Urbaniana University, Rome and ‘Methodology for institutional teaching in dance’ at Madras University. She has also done Lecture-Demonstrations in Sabhas (Cultural organisations that promote art & culture) of Chennai and in Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She has performed in many other countries like USA, UK, Canada, France, Arab nations, Australia and Sri Lanka.

As an author, she has published her book ‘Shall we know: Natya’ . She has also translated a book called ‘History of Tamil’s Dance’ by Dr S Raghuraman and has co-authored a book ‘Natana Kalaichol Kalanjiam’ (An encyclopaedia on dance terminologies). Lakshmi has also written lessons for the MA dance course at Annamalai University, Bachelors lessons for Alagappa University and course material for Prayathnam. She also serves as a consultant for Alagappa University and examiner for a couple of institutions and regional selection committees.

As Shiva in her popular Bharatnatyam Dance Theatre Production Aalavadhu Eppadiyo staged in 2016 in Chennai

Teacher[edit]

Dr Ramaswamy served as a senior teacher in ‘Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts’, an institute of Padma Shri (Smt) Chitra Visweswaran for more than a decade. Later she started teaching youngsters at ‘Sri Mudhraalaya’. This institute started with three students and later rose in eminence. Dr Ramaswamy is known for an exceptional teaching methodology where each student is treated in a unique manner to bring the best out of them. Her way of teaching helps the students to improvise, analyse and think for themselves, laying emphasis on manodharma (improvisation). Dr Ramaswamy serves as guest faculty for the MA Bharatanatyam Course at the Music Department, University of Madras. Her students have won many competitions, National scholarships (junior and senior) and the acknowledgement of Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram. She has also conducted workshops in Chennai, Kolkata and also in the US and Canada.

Sri Mudhraalaya[edit]

Started in the year 1994, Sri Mudhraalaya is a registered society. The institution offers group and individual classes that aim at holistic training in practical dancing, theory and exercises, nattuvangam (an art of wielding cymbals as part of a live orchestra and to conduct a performance), stagecraft, stage management, stage presentation, production assistants, lighting, choreography and teachers training.

The students trained in this institute are not only graded artists of Doordarshan , but are also teachers in their own right and have conducted arangetrams (debut solo performance) for their students. Many of them are national senior and junior scholarship holders from the Ministry of Culture, India. The institute gives wide scope to serious learners by supporting and encouraging them to perform at prestigious festivals, especially the Chennai music and dance festival.

Sri Mudhraalaya also conducts workshops for students in India and overseas.

Choreographer[edit]

Dr Ramaswamy has choreographed over 280 works and her first group choreography called ‘Sculptor’s Dream’ was judged as the best at the IDA festival, 2002 . Apart from the traditional units (like alarippu, jatiswaram, shabdam, varnam, kirtanam, padam, javali and kavutuvam), her work also includes pudu-kavidai, pallu and madakku[2]

Dr Ramaswamy’s special interest in Classical Tamil works inspired her to recreate Sangam age poems as dance units. Other than the individual dance units she has done duet choreography works, group productions and thematic arangetrams. Purananuru is one of her work which won the best production certificate from Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in 2012. She has received production grants from the State and Central Governments several times. She thrives on lending stage production a unique thought and rendition every time.

Thematic Solos
Arpudam For Narada Gana Sabha on rasa ‘adputa’
Harom Shivom Compositions of Papanasam Sivan
Thedal Compositions that reflect, ‘search’
Prema & Prema-pasa Compositions on ‘love’ in various facets
‘Aalavathu Eppadiyo’ (Solo theatre) Stories of four Saiva saints
Pibhare Swati rasam Compositions of Maharaja Swati Tirunal
Jagam nee! Aham nee! Mother Goddess as Mahisasura mardini
Shanmadham Six streams of devotion in Hindu belief
Madhuraadipathe Akilam Madhuram Compositions on Lord Krishna
Guham Sadhaaham Saranam Prabathye Compositions on Lord Muruga
Sri Gurave Namaha Concept hailing, ‘Guru’
Tharu Traditional and modern compositions
Tridhara Devotional, Traditional &Court traditions
Manoranjitham Different types of ‘Favourites’
Suka-Hamsa-Mayuraaha Compositions with peacock, swan & parrot
Bhairavi-Ranjani-Priya Compositions in such ragams
Aasha Compositions that reflect, ‘desire’
Vaishnavam Compositions on Lord Vishnu
Nava Navam ‘New’ and Number ‘nine’
Maalum Maruganum Choreographies based on Vishnu and Murugan alternately strung together
Shiva Sannidhau - Abode of Shiva A garland of items based on Shiva
Tanjore Repertoire On exclusive compositions of the Tanjore composes including Tanjore Quartet
Ramanatham Musical compositions of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S Ramanathan
Swetha Refers to colour white – compositions that are connected to colour white like: sugar, swan, milky ocean, goddess saraswati etc.
Solo Signatures
Panchavarna Kavuthvam Kavuthvam about the 5 coloured Lord Shiva which was part of the production aindum aiyyanum
Mayil Viruttam Arunagirinadhar's viruttam structured into kavuthvam form depicting glory of Lord Muruga's mount
Nila Kavuthvam Silapathikaram verses made into kavuthvam about the moon
Nottuswaram Anjali Unique composition using english notes
Tisra Dhruvam Alarippu 11 count alarippu
Viloma Kandam Alarippu The reverse composition of kandam alarippu
Jatiswaram A jatiswaram in unique ragam Surya
Chakravaham Jatiswaram
Sankarabarana Jatiswaram
Mayil Shabdam Creates as part of Suka-hamsa-mayura
Suryan Shabdam Created as part of Shanmathan theme on the Sun god
Silapathikaram Shabdam Verses of silapathikaram created into shabdam
Dasavatharam Varnam Glory of lord Vishnus 10 avatars in tamil
Anname Varnam Lord Muruga's consort pondering angrily upon where her lord might be
Anandabairavi Varnam The heroine pleading with her sakhi to bring her Lord Rajagopala to her
Enna nan Seiduvitten Padam about how Krishna convinces the Gopika to lethim go when he was caught stealing butter
Choodare Padam Ladies gossiping about one of the women going to meet Krishna
Samayam Idle Kaadhura A controversial piece depicted in a very elegant way about a love affair
Yamanalli Where the author tells us that Lord Rama is good to those who are good and is Yama to those who are not
Ennilum Aval Enna Slaagiyamo Padam where Deivayaanai wonders in what way Valli is better than her
Nindranda Mayil Philosophy of life explained
Madurashtakam Tillana Words of madhurashtakam interspersed with the tillana
Desh Tillana Work of Bharatiyar accomodated into Tillana as Sahithyam
Panchanadai Tillana Tillana part of Aindum Aiyyanum showing the philosophy behind Natraja's statue
Navaraga Malika Part of jagam nee ahem nee production and a unique piece on the three devis each stanza having ragam of each of those devis
Duet Choreography
Swagatham Krishna Compositions on Lord Krishna
Harom Shivom Compositions of Papanasam Sivan
Jagam Nee, Aham nee! Hailing mother Goddess in her special form of ‘Mahisasura Mardhini’
Kishkinda kaandam Ramayana by Ezuththaccan (Malayalam)
Short Productions
Sculptor’s dream

(Judged best at IDA festival, 2002)

Neo-classical genre, ‘Sculptures alive’
Silambu Vidu Thoodhu Message sent through the ‘anklet’
Asta-nayika Eight shades of maidens in ‘love’
Oozhikooththu Mahakavi Bharati’s poem on ‘dissolution’
Aindhum Ayyanum Lord Shiva and number, ‘five’
Dasavatharam The 10 avatars of Vishnu
Aindhaan Potri Extolling five saiva saints
Thenthuli Traditional, Devotional, Court & folk traditions
Full-length Productions
Silambu Vidu Thoodhu Message through the ‘anklet’
Jagam nee! Aham nee! Greatness of Mother Goddess
Sangamum Sangamamum Sangam Age poetry in Tamil, ‘Nattrinai’[3]
Tirumalai Aandaver Kuravanji Kuravanji Literature, 17CE
Kaalandho’rum Dance through the Ages, in Tamil literature
Tiruvarangak Kalambakam Kalambakam on Lord Ranganatha, 16 CE
Aindhil Irandu Sangam Age poetry in Tamil, ‘Aingkurunooru’[3]
Andha NaaLum Vandhidatho?! (Puranaanooru)

(Won ‘best group production’ award from Parthasarathy Swami Sabha 2012)

Sangam Age poetry in Tamil, ‘Puranaanooru’[3]
Aalavathu Eppadiyo?! Stories of Saiva saints hailed by Saint Pattinattar.
Sapta Vidangam Seven dances of Shiva – Ajaba, Hamsa, Kukkuta, Bramara, Kamala, Alaba and Unmatha in seven Vidanga sthalams and using of Thevarams for dance.
Sundara Kandam The Story of Ramayana is part and parcel of Indian culture. The Sundara kandam is symbolic of hope and positivity. To read, hear, watch or memorize the verses of the Sundara kandam is supposed to bring all auspiciousness and wipe away all difficulties in life
Rama Hare! Krishna Hare! Traditional Margam with items connecting with Rama and Krishna
Deepam Yetruvom Celebrates the winning of Good over the Evil which is also transposed to the internal Evils of kama, kroda, moha, loba, madha and matsarya
Thanjai Traditional Margam with items from the Celebrated Tanjavur composers
Suka Marga[4] Premiered on 26.01.2018, a thematic Margam program with ‘Parrot’

This production is partly supported by the production grant of Ministry of culture

Naalver Inspiring stories of four saiva saints, referred as ‘saiva kuravar’ along with stories or wonders they have created.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2017: Devdasi National Award, Orissa
  • 2017: The title of "Natya Kala Mani” by Trinity Arts Festival
  • 2016: The title of “Acharya Kala Bharati” at Bharat Kalachar
  • 2015: The title of “Acharya Kala Vipanchee” at Vipanchee
  • 2014: The title of “Saadhanai Penmani” from Ajantha Fine Arts
  • 2013: “Award of Excellence” from Siva Foundation
  • 2013: The title of “Vani Kala Nipuna” from Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha
  • 2011: The title of “Kala Acharya Shiromoni” from VDS Arts Academy
  • 2008: The title of “Natyakala Vipanci” from Vipanchi
  • 1999: The title of “Nritya Vidhya Ratna” from Sarasaalaya
  • 2000: The title of “Yuva Kala Bharati” from Bharat Kalachar
  • 2012: “Vedantam Satyanarayana Award” from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
  • 1998: Balasaraswathy endowment Award
  • 1993: The title of “Abhinaya Aadalarasi” from Mutharamman Temple
  • 1987: The title of “Natya Kala Ranjini” from Tamil Sangam, Valliyur
  • 1986: Acknowledgement from Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Mandram in their scheme for “Upcoming artists in different cultural fields”
  • 1988: Gold medal in Youth festivals at Sarah Tucker College
  • 1987: Gold medal in Youth festivals at Sarah Tucker College

References[edit]

  1. ^ WE_ADMIN, "Talented in Many Ways", Weportal, 17 March 2017
  2. ^ Narthaki, "Performances"
  3. ^ a b c Times of India, "Tamil Scholar Brings Together Sangam Poems Bharatanatyam", 17 August 2012
  4. ^ The Hindu, "An Idea Takes Wings", 26 January 2018

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