The Guru

Apirami Kumaradevan

Apirami has studied Bharata-Natyam from the age of 7 under the able tutelage of Anandavalli. She was presented in her arangetram performance by Anandavalli in 1995. During the summer vacation of 1998 she gave solo recitals in Vienna and London performing in Bharata-Natyam and Kuchipudi.

Apirami has been a member of Anandavalli’s Lingalayam Dance Company since its conception in 1996 to 2004. She has taken part in “Shiva Sthuthi” (1996), “Shakthi” (1998), “Nitya Sumangali” (1999), “Serpent Woman” (2000), “The Courtesan’s Daughter” (2001) and “The Tempest” (2004).

She has also taught at the Lingalayam Dance Academy. Apirami has been singled out by critics for her performance quality and characterisation.

From 2002 she has undergone advanced training in Bharata-Natyam and Odissi at the Bharatalaya Academy in Melbourne, under the tutelage of Dr. Chandrabhanu and Ambika Docherty. Apart from in-depth repertoire studies, she worked in the theoretical areas of the art forms. She performed in Chandrabhanu’s productions in Melbourne, notably in the “30th Anniversary Recital” (2003), of Chandrabhanu’s career, and the Odissi performances of “Madhuram” (2004) and “Steps on the Earth” (2005), culminating with a solo performance in Sydney with O.S Arun as the vocalist in 2005.

In dance, Apirami has found her life’s expression of being, and she will continue to explore the dance styles across deeper and broader dimensions.

Student teachers are also encouraged from the senior students, especially once they have performed their arangetram, to provide opportunities and encourage further interests in the art form.