Join Akademi in the second of our dance and dialogue series: Rukmini Vijayakumar, a noted Bharatanatyam artist and actor from India, in an artistic conversation Vena Ramphal.
Akademi brings to you an exclusive partnering with eloquent Bharatanatyam artist and actor Rukmini Vijayakumar with Vena Ramphal a media celebrity, scholar and a practicing Bharatanatyam dancer.
This conversation will frame classical Indian dance and its relevance in a global contemporary context. Rukmini will share her experience in creating and touring work that adheres to traditional vocabulary while experimenting with context and presentation. This sumptuous pairing of two eminent women will be a warm and uplifting insight into a modern cultural India.
Vena Ramphal is a yoga teacher, dancer and relationship coach who can be seen on ITV and Channel 5. Vena is also a trained Indian classical dancer, who has performed for the royalty, prime ministers and several celebrities.
Rukmini Vijayakumar is the Director of her Classical Dance Company Raadha Kalpa and her art space LshVa, in Bangalore, India. After an initial exposure to ballet, she pursued a training and rigorous practice in Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of renowned practitioners. She later graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet. She is an avid yoga practitioner and has Studied Human Anatomy and Physiology at the Boston University. Rukmini’s productions have toured the world and have been appreciated by audiences. She is also an actor recognised for the roles that she has played in several Indian Films and Theatre performances.