Guru Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai - a teacher par excellence, Guru Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai 1931-1994] needs no introduction to Bharatanatyam rasikas. Doyen among natyacharyas, he was known for his musical talent, brisk jathis, elegant nattuvangam and choreography skills. A recipient of Kalaimamani, Natya Selvam and SangeethaKala Sikamani, he was an acclaimed teacher, propagating the Vazhuvoor style of Bharatanatyam.
Smt.Ramya Ramnarayan is a highly renowned and accomplished Bharatanatyam performer choregorapher educator and a torch hearer of this art. She is a capable crafter who belongs to the vintage style of Vazhuvoor who aptly blends tradition with innovation. Ms.Ramnarayan is a serior disciple of the legendary Bharatanatyam teachers S.K.Rajarathnam and Smt Kalanidhi NarayanIndia's greatest masters. Through the Production Company and school - Nrithyanjali [www.nrithyanjali.ord] Ms.Ramnarayan has extended the outreach of Bharatanatyam in the United States of America by presenting educational and enriching dance showcases and full length performances at various universities, colleges, museums, libraries reaching out to over 10,000 audience members per year. Ms.Ramnarayan's work is created to retain roots in the collective history of philosophy, spirituality, mysticism and myth of South Indian Heritage while bringing the eloquence of bharatanattyam to universal themes.
Kalaimamani [Tamilnadu State Award] Nandanamamani [Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai], Nrithya Seva Mani [Cleveland Thyagarraja Aradhana] Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography New Jersey State Council on the Arts] Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey have passed a joint resolution recognizing Ramya Ramnarayan for her commitment, dedication an achievement in the art.