TEACHING STAFF

SMT . PRIYAMVADA SANKAR:

 

Priyamvada Sankar is the foremost disciple of Balasaraswati-K.Ganesan from the year 1951, privately at first and then at the T.Balasaraswati Classical Bharatanatyam School in 1953 at the Music Academy Campus. Priyamvada has performed at various venues all over the Country, at different Festivals, Universities in the U.S.A and in Canada. She is a multifaceted artist with deep training in Vocal Music, Dance and Sanskrit Theatre. A Gold Medallist in Sanskrit in her Bachelor of Arts, Priyamvada has an enviable record of individual prizes, awards and merits for her talent in the above fields. A resident of Canada from 1968, she teaches in her own dance Institution, where hundreds of students,Indians, Canadians and Americans have graduated from her school in the past four and half decades. She was the first to establish a School for Bharatanatyam in Montreal, Canada in 1968.The Canadian Government has decorated her with multi cultural award for her rich contribution to the fields of Indian Dance, Culture and Heritage.

SMT. NANDINI RAMANI:

 

Nandini  Ramani is a  multifaceted artist ,an exponent in Bharatanatyam. Over the past 45years she has been engaged in promoting and propagating T.Balasarswati style of Bharatanatyam as a Performer Teacher, Choreographer, Dance writer and Resource person. She has trained considerable number of  students at the centre ,many of whom are Performers in other Countries, and some are Members Of Dance faculty in renowned University. Nandini is a sitting Member Of Committees of the Ministry Of Culture connected with Dance  Music and Production. She is the expert Member Of Central Dance Auditorium Board, New Delhi. Her writing on Dance and on allied aspects is widely respected and her reviews of performance's are admired for their constructive approach.

SMT. SUSHAMA RANGANATHAN:

 

Sushama Ranganathan is a senior disciple of K.Ganesan and Nandini Ramani who has had expert training from Priyamvada Sankar from time to time. After her debut conducted by K.Ganesan, Sushama Ranganathan has performed in most Cultural Organizations in the City and renowned Organizations in other States.Sushama is a multifaceted artist working for the fields of Music ,Dance and Theatre. She is graded artist Doordarshan Chennai; trained students in her own branch of Dr.V.Raghavan Centre  in the city. Sushama Ranganathan is also trained in Vocal Music.

SRI. K.RAMIAH:

 

K.Ramiah hails from a musical lineage ,comprising of renowned “Nagaswara Vidwans’ and ‘Flute Maestros’. He joined with the school of T.Balasaraswati as a student for Nattuvangam with a scholarship from the local government in 1958. He studied the art of Nattuvangam under Sri.K.Gansan, enriched his Vocal musical knowledge with T.Jayammal and T.Balasarasawati; Ramiah is well trained in Violin also. He has been a Member Of the Vocal Orchestra for all the students of T.Balasaraswati and from 1973 he became the master conductor for all the performances of Balasaraswati. He also trained a number of students at the school and conducted their debut programs. From 1986 he became the Faculty Member at the department of Music at the Annamalai University, Chidambaram. After the passing of K.Ganesan, his guru, Ramiah  has been accompanying all the students of his style. He is one of the key Members of the teaching staff of this Centre.

SRI. G.BALAJI:

G.Balaji is nephew of T.Balasaraswati and her cousins T.Brinda and T.Mukta. Balaji   had his initial training in Music with Balasaraswati and later continued with his own aunt T.Mukta. For some time while in U.S.A he trained with T.Viswanathan, brother of T.Balasaraswati at the Wesleyan  University for Dance and Music. He is a disciple of Karaikudi Mani, the renowned ‘Mridangam' artist. Balaji also trained with K.Ganesan for Nattuvangam and learnt Bharatanatyam for a breif period under Nandini Ramani.Balaji is associated with Dr.V.Raghavan Centre for the last one decade and provides Vocal support for all the Performances and Productions of the Centre. Presently he gets trained with K.Ramiah for enriching his repertoire for Dance and Music.

SRI M. VENKATAKRISHNAN:

Sri M. Venkatakrishnan Nattuvangam Assistant. He has been associated with the centre for the past 8 years; he is a Bharatanatiyam artist, vocalist and choreographer with two decades of standing in the field.

 

SRI. G.EKAMBARAM: - (Teaching Staff till 2013 May)

 

Kanchipuram G.Ekambaram hails  from the illustrious line of percussionists from Kanchipuram, His father Govindaswamy was the percussionist for the debut program of Balasaraswati. His uncle, father’s brother Kuppuswamy Mudaliar accompanied Balasaraswati till her last concert.G.Ekambaram apart from training from his own ancestors , was thoroughly trained for Dance accompaniment by K.Ganesan. He joined the orchestral group led by Ganesan in  the tear 1958 to accompany prime disciples of Balasaraswati and K.Ganesan.He has travelled all over the country and abroad for performances. G.Ekambaram is also a skillful Vocalist who lives in Kanchipuram. Who passed away on May 23rd on Kanchipuram.


. Smt. Nandini Ramani contribution about G.Ekambaram published in HINDU paper on 12th Aug 2011.