Rama Suresh - Artistic Director of Mythili Dance Academy
Rarely does one find the coming together of art and intellect, the magic of dance and the mystery of music merging into one seamless entity, an artist whose body, mind and soul speak the unified language of dance, a dancer like Rama Suresh.” The Hindu
A virtuoso in this ancient classical dance form, an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Rama Suresh continues to bring tremendous energy and dedication to promoting and preserving the ancient art form of Bharatanatyam. Rama has had intensive training spanning over three decades, with the grand masters of of the Tanjavur tradition of Bharata Natyam, Guru Thanjai M. Vasudevan Pillai, Guru Thanjai M. Arunachalam Pillai and Guru Thanjai A. Hemanath. Rama also learned Nattuvangam (the art of conducting a classical Indian dance recital) from mridangam maestro Karaikudi Krishnamurthy who hails from Kalakshetra. Rama has performed in several countries and has been the recipient of government grants from the Sangeeth Natak Academy in India and the Master Artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council. In 1997, Rama was conferred with the prestigious title of “Natya Mani”. This divine art, which has touched her soul and spirit, is both her passion and prayer.
Rama was initiated into Bharatanatyam by her mother Mrs. Mythili Rajappan. On seeing Rama's keen interest and talent in dance, her mother's desire was for Rama to learn the authentic Thanjai style of Bharatanatyam. Hence, Rama started to get trained in this art form at the age of five by the brothers - Guru Thanjai M. Vasudevan Pillai and Guru Thanjai M. Arunachalam Pillai in Chennai, India. Rama had her arangetram at the age of nine and continued to professionally give solo performances under the tutelage of her Gurus. Rama's dance school "Mythili Dance Academy" has been named after her beloved late mother, for the inspiration and motivation she provided Rama in pursuing excellence in this art form.