Aswathy started her training under her mother, renowned dancer, Smt. Kalamandalam Saraswathy, at the tender age of four, giving her first stage performance at the age of seven. Aswathy is trained in three forms of dance, namely Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. She began her training in Mohiniyattam under her mother and now continues under, Smt. Kalamandalam Leelamma, one of the most illustrious names in Mohiniyattam. She is a recipient of the Senior Scholarship for Mohiniyattam, instituted by the Dept. of Culture, Ministry of H.R.D.
Aswathy is a regular performer in the sabhas of Chennai and is a graded artist of Doordarshan in both Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattom and has toured all over India and to countries such as U.A.E, Bahrain, U.S.A., Canada, Reunion Islands, Indonesia, etc.
Bhavadhaarini Anantaraman, is one of the leading young vocalists in the field of Carnatic Music. She is a student of the legend Smt. D.K.Pattammal from the age of 5. She is a graded artist of AIR, a regular performer and has given many concerts in leading Sabhas in Chennai. She has travelled to Japan, Nigeria and USA for her concert and teaching assignments. Also, she is now the most wanted lady artist in Sampradaya Bhajan, Namasankeerthanam & Marati Abhangs.
Love of Carnatic music brought Bhushany to Chennai, at 16,to stay and study music at the Government Music College. She went back to Sri Lanka, to teach music at a Jaffna college. The riots in 1982 brought her back to India, drawn by her deep admiration for her subsequent guru and husband, Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman, senior disciple of the legendary G.N.B.
A congenial atmosphere prevailed in her marital home, with a very supportive mother-in-law. "My husband was totally immersed in music much of the time," recalls Bhushany. "He never took any fee from his many students, he was a very stern man, a strict taskmaster, and a perfectionist. His family was quite well to do, which allowed him to concentrate on music. A veritable genius as a vocalist, he even had many senior musicians coming to him for guidance. He has been my only guru, after my father. I'm what I'm today only because of him," says a nostalgic Bhushany. Sadly Kalyanaraman passed away a few years ago, leaving a big void in the music world, and in Bhushany's life.
Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, he began performing at the age of 23 and held sway over Harikatha Kalakshebam for over 6 decades. A former senior executive of State Bank of India, his very name was synonymous with this traditional art of story-telling.
With an amazing and unmatched command over the Vedas, Puranas, Sastras, classical music and a score of languages, he held the audience spell-bound with his flair, fervour, felicity of expression and a resonant voice. Among the countless titles and honors that were conferred on him, the title "Harikatha Rathnakara" bestowed on him by both the Paramachariyals of Kamakoti and Sringeri peetams simultaneously at Asthika Samaj, Chennai in the year 1966 stands out. Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Delhi honored him in1993. Music Academy, Chennai conferred on him the Sangeetha Kala Acharya Award in 1997.Tamil Nadu Government bestowed on him the Kalaimaamani title in 1972.
Cho Ramaswamy is a familiar name not only in Tamil Nadu but all over India. He is a widely known political commentator and editor of the Tamil magazine, Tughlaq. But little do people know him as a comedian and a playwright. He has written a lot of plays, religious works and has acted in a number of Tamil movies. One of his plays “Engey Brahmanan?” was made in to a TV show and had the audience hooked to the TV sets. This multifaceted artist is as important to the entertainment industry as he is to Indian politics and his contributions will never be forgotten.
Crazy Mohan is an extremely popular comedy actor and writer in Tamil Nadu. He started his career as a stage play writer with his own drama troupe “Crazy Troupe” in 1971 which was later renamed as “Crazy Dreams”. The Crazy troupe continued to perform more than 200 plays across Tamil Nadu. He has written dialogues and has acted in many Tamil dramas and movies. Some of his stage dramas such as Maadhu-Cheenu, Maadhu Mirandal and Chocolate Krishna are very famous. Crazy Mohan has also worked in a number of movies rich in humor like Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Avvai Shanmughi, Arunachalam which makes these movies a treat to watch.
Dr.Alekhya Punjla described as a jewel in the world of dance, is one of the foremost as well as outstanding exponent in both the Kuchipudi and BharataNatyam styles of dance. Her traditional and innovative repertoire in solo technique, her portrayals as mythological heroines in various dance ballets, as also subtle presentation of Satvika Abhinaya has become her hallmark through which she has carved a special place for herself as a danseuse, teacher, researcher & choreographer. She was awarded Ph.D. for her work on Kshetrayya Padams and their importance in the Abhinaya aspect of Kuchipudi dance.
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