B i o g r a p h y
Vani Ramesh comes from a family of musicians. She had her initial training in Mysore style from Sri. T.N. Somashekar and later on went under the tutelage of Natyacharya K. Muralidhar Rao, a disciple of Sri. Chokkalingam Pillai and Sri. Rajaratnam of Pandanallur style.
Through intense training from her Guru, Vani secured First Rank in the statewide Vidwat examination. She holds a Masters degree in Arts from Mysore University and was the recipient of Gold Medal in South Indian Studies. Vani also has received vocal training from Guru Smt. Usha Char after moving to the US.
Vani has performed extensively in many cities in India and America. She has also conducted workshops and given Lecture-Demonstrations and choreographed several Dance Dramas. She has served as a dance examiner for the dance examinations conducted by Karnataka state education board. She was the treasurer of Bharatiya Nritya Kala Parishat in India. From 2008-2010 Vani served as a Board member of IDEA and still remains an active member of this Dance Educators Association. In 2006 at the 4th World Kannada Conference held in Baltimore, Vani served as a Chairperson in the Dance Committee. She was awarded and honored by Vasundhara Performing Arts in Mysore for preserving and propagating the art of Bharatanatyam in the US. She was chosen as the best dance choreographer by Kaveri Kannada Association in 2006 and was honored in 2006 and 2010. At present Vani resides in Virginia and is the director of “Srishti School Of Dance” training many students in the Bharatanatyam art form. Her students have performed in many places in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. They have taken part in charity shows to raise funds for noble causes. Currently she receives advanced guidance from Dr. Vasundhara Doraswamy
With the honorary Ambassador of India Dr. Mrs. Nirupama Rao & Mrs. Bragha Bessell
With Dr. Sunil Kothari noted Indian dance historian, scholar and critic