Guru Ranidevi

  • Artistic Director of Kalairani Natya Saalai since 1984
  • Choreographed /staged more than a 1000 dances – 73 grduates of which 21 have completed arangetrams; 145 full length concerts, productions, creative works, tours, arangetrams, etc. 
  • Professor, Indian Dance at the Dance Department, George Mason University, 2007
  • Lifetime achievement:  two wonderful sons Swithin Ahilan www.improvvip.com Sumithrin Elango  www.sumitdavid.com   
  • Lifetime dream:  Kalaaksharam – a Center for Arts for less fortunate in Vittalapuram  www.kalaaksharam.com 
  • Passion for social work:  ADRA, Christian Children’s Fund, Balamandir Orphanages
  • Commissioner to the Governor Martin O’Malley, 2012-2016
  • Successful Trial:  Teaching Tamil to read, write and speak
  • Other: 18 years in INTELSAT; 2 years temped at World Bank; 13 years with Seventh-day Adventist organization, including teaching in Pondicherry after finishing college at age 19
  • Proudly belongs to The Thomas Family of 143 immediate members in India, USA and Canada, Australia

My Gurus, Inspirers, Mentors:

My mother

Ansuya Kanchana & Guru Sharma

Mrs. Chengappa – Dr. M. E. Cherian

Guru Kumbokonam Shanmugam – Sasikala Mandram, Pondicherry

Guru Mythili Raghavan – Kalekshetra

Late Guru Venkatachalapathy

Kalapeetham Seetharama Sharma

Nattuvangam Guru Adyar Lakshman

Sanskrit: Smt Maragatham Sunderasan

Carnatic:  Shri Subash Vinjamuri

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Old List

Rani’s list of dances choreographed/staged – as of April 2013

      • Adavu charts: 5
      • Anjalis 30
      • Gouvtvms Jathiswarams 27
      • Nrittapadams on Shiva 19
      • Padhams on Krishna 9
      • Kurathi Kaavadi 11
      • Items to study Natyashastra 16
      • Abhinaya Padhams 34
      • Padhavarnam 21
      • Bharathiyaar and Thirukural 21
      • Tillanas 21
      • Christian themes 99
      • Patriotic themes 44
      • Special Compositions 22
      • Classical filmy 74
      • Folk filmy 87
      • Non-filmy 37
      • Drama and Productions 216

Total:  793

For a list of KNS performances, go to Past Events.

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