About the Bharathanatyam & Carnatic Music guru:
Guru.Smt.B.Meenakumari is a gifted guru, choreographer, and dancer. She is been performing and instructing Students for more than 15 yrs and has been successfully running her own institution. She established “Kalalayaa art academy” Institution of Fine arts 12 yrs ago.
She began her dance Journey at the age of 5 from Kalaimamani Smt. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala. Later she changed her style to Kalakshetra and learned the dance from Guru.Yagnaprabha & Music from Guru.T.Venkataraman. At the same time, she joined and Studied in Kalakshetra College.
She participated in the productions of Arangam - troupe headed by Anita Ratnam and accompanied the troupein various productions like Gajanan, Andari, Uthpala, Suvadu, etc. both around the country and abroad.She danced her way to success at the Dubai shopping festival and Maldives international festival. She has also performed in various productions of Nrithyavruksha in Andal, Krishna, and BBC Programs etc. The troupe exposed her to contemporary styles of dance which was a fusion of Devarattam, Bharathanatyam, and martial arts like Taichi and Kalaripayattu.
It was then she realized that the art form she learnt with love and dedication should be passed on to the next generation. It inspired her to open Kalalayaa Art Academy
More than 200 students learn dance from Guru.Smt.MeenaKumari who also teaches Vocal singing to students and has teachers to teach musical instruments like Veena & Devaram at her Institution. She released a Music book “IsaiPaadam “in the year 2009. She has done number of Arangetram, recital shows and Salangaipoojai for more than 130 students from India and abroad. She has conducted many theme-oriented dance and stage programs. She took her students to perform at vishranthi charity trust, in many temples around the city for Navarathri, at Natyanjali festival (Chidambaram), 2013, Triuvanandhapuram Padmanaban tesmple, Chotanikari temple -Kerala& many more.
This institution has received wide patronage where she grooms the young aspirants with total commitment which is to create a sense of awareness and appreciation for the richness of Indian culture and tradition amongst youngsters. She is a very dedicated teacher, praising the divine art with devotion and love. She trains her students to do the same and to perform with complete involvement.
Lalitha Kumari is a one of the primary disciples (student) of the legendary Veena player Smt. Meera Narayanan. She has learnt Music from Shri. Venakataraman and Devaram from legendray Shri. Kodilingam. She, being a MBA graduate loves to spread the art that she learnt with dedication.
She is a very popular Veena and Vocal teacher in Velachery area and is committed to the promotion of the fine arts. She has arranged several successful concerts and workshops for her students.
Lalitha Mam has also organized monthly cultural programs for Carnatic Music and Veena students. Bringing Carnatic Music to the young generations has been her mission for the past 20 years, Hence she did her Montessori Course to get along with the kids to teach them the importance of the Art. She also arranges and performs at several Orphhange home & Oldage home to entertain the needy.
Smt.Lalitha Kumari teaches Veena at NrithyaVruksha , Kottivakkam. She has been on the staff at Kalalayaa Art Academy of Music in Velachery since its beginning 15 years ago and is in charge of developing the Carnatic Music & Veena program there. She is also on the board of directors of this organization. She is a Teacher who is been Loved by all the Kids.