Bharatanatyam Dancer, Tamil Nadu, India
Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the top most stars of Bharatanatyam and is a well known exponent of the dance form all over the world. She has been fortunate to have trained intensively under the legendry dancer Yamini Krishnamurty. Rama has also been under the guidance of the eminent Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan.
Everyone who has seen Rama perform is struck by her unique thought process and fresh approach to dance. While deeply rooted in tradition she has evolved her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of Bharata Natyam.
Rama has been performing professionally for the past twenty five years and is one of the most sought after dancers of her generation. She brings to her dance a rare sense of devotion and dedication, which leaves the audience with a sense of spiritual fulfillment.
She has received critical acclaim for her extraordinary skills in choreography and has made several humble contributions to the Bharatanatyam repertoire. She has been teaching at Ganesa Natyalaya Delhi, for the past 25 years and has also been taking intensive master classes in other parts of the country and abroad. Rama has been associated with SPICMACAY an organization engaged in propagating Indian arts amongst the youth, where she has performed at hundreds of rural and urban schools across India.Shows & Major Performances
Rama has been featured at all major dance venues in India and abroad. She is an A top artiste with Doordarshan and is in the outstanding category with the ICCR. She has been invited to perform for prestigious organizations like
The Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Kala Parishad and IGNCA in Delhi, NCPA in Mumbai, Shanti Niketan in Kolkata,
Kalakshetra, Kartik Fine Arts, Music Academy, Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Bharat Kalachar and Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai
Some of her performances at prestigious venues abroad include;
Tropen Theater in Amsterdam, Musee Guimet in Paris, National Centre for performing Arts in Beijing, National theater in Seoul, Esplanade in Singapore, Theatro Juarez in Mexico, Edinborough, Brighton and Milap Festivals in UK, Bozar in Brussels, Teatro Fernan Gomez in Madrid, Indo Russian Friendship performance in Moscow, Cita Dela Mussique in Marseille, Smithsonian in Washigton DC, and World Music Institute in New York.
"The great painter Maharaja Ravi Varma must have had in mind someone resembling Rama Vaidyanathan when he painted the portrait of Shakuntala. I am not exaggerating…..She is a creative artiste, ever trying to explore new vistas in choreography."…..August 1998, The Statesman, Late Shri P. V. Subramaniam (Subudu)
"Her skill for 'abhinaya' was evident in the garland of verses….Rama's expressions of the swiftly changing moods of the lady in love were lively."….December 1999, The Hindu, Chennai, Nandini Ramani
The more one watched Rama Vaidyanathan dance, the more one was amazed...Her dancing is vibrant and deeply involved. She is equipped with technical skill but is also full of innovative ideas."
V. R. Devika in The Hindu
"Rama must be ranked among the five most notable talents at the close of the century….Her intensity and command stops the viewer dead in his tracks."…….February 1999, The Hindustan Times, Shanta Serbjeet Singh
The dancer's fluency in negotiating
Space, her intuitive ability for well- crafted and nuanced choreography with a sense of 'belonging ' with the theme and a feel for aesthetics are all factors to reckon with.
Leela Venkatraman in SRUTI, India's premier magazine for the performing arts-2007
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Rama has been conferred with the Kalaimamani title by the Tamil Nadu Govt.
The title of Nadanamamani by Kartik Fine Arts Chennai
Natya Bhairavi by Bhairavi Gana Sabha, Chennai
Vani Kala Sudhakara by Tyagabrahma Gana Sabha
Bharatha Rathna by Department of Culture, Srilanka
Sanskriti award by the Sanskriti Pratishthan, Delhi
The Great Indian Women Achievers award in Mumbai
National excellence Award in Delhi