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Smt. Ramaa Bharadvaj

Smt Ramaa Bharadvaj
Vision Director (Dance)
Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula
Gurukula for Performing Arts

Ramaa Bharadvaj is an acclaimed performer, choreographer and published writer. She was 3 years old when she began her training from the legendary guru Padmashri Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai. A child prodigy, she gave a 3-hour solo debut when she was only 6 years old. At age 8, she received the touring scholarship from the Tamilnadu State Sangeetha Natak Akademi – the youngest dancer to date to receive that recognition. Ramaa continued her training under Padmabhushan Mrs. Kamala and Kuchipudi under Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Sathyam and Shri Madhavapeddi Murthy, and studied dance theory under Padmabhushan Dr. T.N. Ramachandran, the Director of Archaeological Survey of India.


• BA in Economics from Madras University, India
• Yoga/Meditation Course at Ganga Darshan Ashram in Bihar, India
• Teacher’s Training in Satyananda Yoga through Atma Center, Cleveland, OH

Teaching/Work Experience
• Director, Angahara Dance Ensemble & Angahara Academy, USA
• Dance Faculty, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, USA
• Dance Faculty, Loyola Marymount University, U.C. Irvine & Pomona College, USA
• Dance Faculty, Pomona College, USA
• In 2009, Ramaa returned to India at the invitation of Swami Tejomayananda, to join Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukul. As its dance director, she designs and conducts Workshops and Dance Intensives for students and teachers. These bring in students from all over the world, and have won acclaim for their holistic and comprehensive content and training methods.

Management & Organizational Activities
• Moved to the United States in 1978 and founded the Angahara Dance Ensemble.
• Was invited in 2001 by the Dance Resource Center in Los Angeles to host their prestigious Lester Horton Dance Award ceremony
• In 2003, was invited to speak at the California State Capitol in Sacramento in support of Arts funding. Inspired by her rousing speech, NPR (National Public Radio) invited her to share her thoughts with their listeners on funding cuts for the Arts in California.
• Outreach Programmes: Classroom Connections program of Carpenter Center for Performing Arts, Long Beach, CA; Education Division of Luckman Theater, Los Angeles, CA; San Diego Dance Alliance; Orange Coast College Performing Series, Costa Mesa, CA; Inner City Arts, Los Angeles, CA
• Ex-Member/Board Member, Dance Resource Center, Los Angeles, CA
• Ex-Board Member, California Arts Advocates
• Ex-Board Member, Arts Orange County

Seminars & Workshops
• American College Dance Festival
• Art Center College of Design
• Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley
• California Arts Council’s Arts Conference at Asilomar
• California Dance Institute
• Cal Institute of Arts
• Cal Poly Pomona
• Cal State Long Beach
• Cal Tech – Pasadena
• Chinmaya Kasi – Anaheim, CA
• Chinmaya Mission – San Jose, CA
• Chinmaya Yamunotri – Chicago, IL
• Getty/USC Journalism Fellows Program
• Golden Bridge Yoga Center
• Hilltop Center for Spiritual Living, Fallbrook, CA
• Kripalu Foundation – Lenox, Mass
• Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
• Loyola Marymount University
• Moorpark College
• Mt San Antonio College
• Mt. San Jacinto College
• New Roads School – Santa Monica. CA
• Pomona College
• Riverside Community College
• Scripps College
• Southern California Tap Festival
• U.C. Berkeley
• U.C. Irvine
• U.C.L.A.
• USC School of Arts Journalism
• Yoga Journal Convention – Estes Park, Colorado
• 27th Annual Dance & Movement Workshop

Published Work
• Dance commentaries published by Narthaki web portal, Sruti and The Indian Express in India
• Dance commentaries published by Dance Critics Association, Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, New York Foundation for the Arts, Dance Insider, Folkworks magazine and numerous other newspapers in the United States.
• She was one of 15 artists invited to write along with stalwarts like Pt Ravi Shankar, for an archival book on Indian arts released in Philadelphia.
• Writings and conference presentations have been used as reference materials by research students.
• Principles of Theater for Musicians – For Saamagaana Magazine, Bengaluru, India.
• “Goddess in a Gallery” – For Dance Quarterly, Sacramento, CA
• Dance articles published in the Naada Bindu Festival Journals
• “Nava Dvaara – Nine Doors to Artistry” A 5-part series commissioned by Dance-Blog Bharatanatyam & the WWW

Workshops & Performances in India
• Game of Life – Dance workshop for children, Kolwan, India
• Naada Bindu Festival for the Arts workshop, Kolwan, India
• Nrtya Sura Bharati Dance Intensive, Kolwan, India
• Science of Signs for Jai Bharati Festival, New Delhi
• Nritya Sangam – Teachers workshop, Chinmaya International Residential School, Coimbatore, India
• Monsoon Dance Intensive, CNB, Kolwan, India
• Art to Heart workshop with Balinese dancers, Rama Darshan Festival, Chennai, India
• Movement workshop for Chintech MBA students, at CIF – Ernakulam, India
• “Dance-Play-Learn” – Dance in Curriculum workshop for CBSE school teachers, Kochi, Kerala, India
• Rasa Shastra workshop at Chinmaya Yamunotri, Grayslake, IL
• Arts as Ritual workshop at Chinmaya Sandeepany, San Jose, CA
• “Aesthetics in Dance” for drama & dance students at New Roads School, Santa Monica, CA
• Dance Department of Scripps College, Claremont, CA
• California Dance Institute, Los Angeles, CA
• Abhinaya workshop, Chinmaya Jyoti, Poway, CA
• Winter Arts Intensive – CNB, Kolvan
• 1-week Dance Intensive & Upanishad Ganga performance – Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Nagapattinam, India
• “Tales the Bells Tell” – Arts Enrichment Talk designed & presented by Ramaa Bharadvaj – Guest performer Vidha Lal at 5th Naada Bindu Festival, Kolvan, India
• Monsoon Dance Intensive, CNB, Kolvan, India

World Dance
• Ex-Panelist on World Dance Discussion for World Arts Alliance national conference
• Ex-Panelist for several Grant Programmes for the California Arts Council

Choreography Work
• Her works have been nationally telecast by PBS
• Her “Panchatantra- Animal Fables of India” (1994) received critical acclaim for its humor and originality and has been seen by over 15,000 children in the US.

Awards & Certificates
• First Indian dancer to win multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards for her choreographies and performances
• First Indian dancer in over 45 years to be featured on the cover of the prestigious Dance Magazine
• Director’s Award from California Arts Council for her contributions to the Arts in the State of California.
• Selected as one of 21 exceptional South Asian women living in the U.S., whose lives and stories were presented in the book, “Spices in the Melting Pot”.
• Recipient of grants from California Arts Council, Fund for Folk Culture & Alliance for California Traditional Arts
• ‘JWALA-Flame’ nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for Lester Horton Dance Award
• Commissioned by Skirball Cultural Center to create ‘Tails from India’ (for opening of Noah’s Ark Children’s gallery) and ‘Light’ (celebrating commonality in Hindu & Jewish traditions)
• Recipient of ‘Natya Kala Bhushani’ from Sankarabharanam Trust in India

Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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