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Vedantam Ramu

Artist Name: Sri Vedantam Ramu
Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
School/Organization: Kuchipudi Kalaa Kendram

Email : ramuvedantam@gmail.com ;
Phone : (91) 9444 853333

No. 4, DGS Dhinakaran Road
Raja Annamalaipuram
Opp. Government Music College
Chennai 600 028

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Ø Natya Visharad Guru Sri Vedantam Ramachandra Vara Prasad (Ramu) is a well-known artist and legend in Kuchipudi style of Classical Dance Art Form in India. He has been teaching Kuchipudi style of dance art past four decades. He has been conferred with the degrees; Natya Visharad from Kuchipudi Art Academy,  diploma in Yakshagana & Kuchipudi dance from Kuchipudienter of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Andhra Pradesh.

Ø Honored as a Judge by the Government of India, Department of Culture and Tourism, Kerala, (1981- 1983).  Nominated Director and Members of the Text Book Committee in Kuchipudi Karnataka State. Appointed as an Examiner at Kuchipudi Centre in Potti Sriramulu Telugu University Degree courses: Postgraduate and Diploma degree in Fine Indian Arts, (2001) Privileged as an Instructor at Kuchipudi Village during (2003-2004) by Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.

Ø Sri Ramu Vendantham rudiments basically from a traditional dance family of kuchipudi Village, Andhrapradesh. Has been trained by eminent Gurus : Sri. Sidhandra Kala Kshetram of Kuchipudi Village and Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam from Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai. Had performed over 6000 programs in India and Abroad (USA, USSR, Singapore and Malaysia.,). Has dedicated Natuvangam (Sutradhari) for his Guru Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. Specialized in  Yekshaganas, Ushaparinayam, Ramanatakam and Vipranarayana Charitram. Eventually, have been working with various exponents of Kuchipudi dance performers of India. (details given below)

Ø Has advanced in choreography and lucratively, re-choreographed the dances; Bhamakalapam (Yakshaganam) and Srikrishna Parijatam (Kuchipudi dance ballet). Consequently, has contributed many television shows in various channels. Has performed, innumerous solo and ballets: Ksherasagaramadanam, Srinivasa Kalyanam Chandalika, haravilasam, Rukmini Kalyanam. Ramayanam, etc., on occasions of various Indian Dance Festivals. 


Ø Natya Visharad from Kuchipudi Art Academy under the guidance of Guru Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna  Satyam, Chennai.
Ø Certificate Course in Kuchipudi Dance, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Kuchipudi Center, Passed in First Class -2002.
Ø Diploma Course in Kuchipudi Dance, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Kuchipudi Center, Passed   in Distinction-2004.
Ø Yakshagana Diploma in Kuchipudi Dance, Potti  Sriramulu   Telugu University, Kuchipudi Center, Passed in First Class-2005. 


Ø Associated with Kuchipudi Art Academy Since 1973. 
Ø Teaching Kuchipudi style of Indian Classical Dance past four decades. 
Ø worked as a Lecturer in Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai.
Ø Experience of Lecturer demonstration at Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad (1980-1981).
Ø Participated and performed programs more than 6000 in India and Abroad; USA (1984), USSR (1987 for the Festival of India), Singapore (1987) and Malaysia (1985).
Ø Dedicated Natuvangam (Sutradhari) to Guru Padmabhushan Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam.
Ø Participated in Yekshaganas, Ushaparinayam, Ramanatakam and Vipranarayana Charitram, etc. at Kuchipudi Village.
Ø Participated and performed in major Dance Festivals in India 
Ø Approved Rangapravesam (Arangetram) to his disciple Miss. Colagotla Aparna at Music Academy Hall,USA.) (1996)
Ø  Founder and Managing Trustee of Bharata Bharathi Foundation, School of Kuchipudi.
Ø Worked with the following well known Kuchipudi dance performers: 

Mr. & Mrs. Vanashree Jayarama Rao (new delhi)
Mrs.Hemamalini actress(mumbai)
Mrs.PrabhaRamesh actress(chennai)
Mr.KALAIMAMANI MVNmurthy(chennai)
Mrs.PADMASRI Dr.sobhanaidu(hydrabad)
Mrs.Sasikala(U S A)
Mrs.MrunaliniSadananda(u s a)
Mrs.kirthanaSadananda(U S A) 
Mrs. Manju Bhargavi (bangalore )
Mrs. Hema Chowdary (bangalore)
Mrs. Kamala Reddy (USA)
Mrs. Padma Mennen (Australia)
Mrs. Pratibha Prahalad (bangalore)
Mrs. Ratnapapa (USA)
Mrs. Pratibha Prahalad (bangalore)
MrsRatnapapa (U S  A)
Mrs sarasvatirajitesh(Bangalore)
Mrs roopaRajesh(Bangalore)
Mrs B V S S Lakshmi(Chennai)
Mrs MalaGanapathi(kerala)                                                                                    
Ø Participated in the following Major Dance Festivals, India.
·        Malabar Dance Festival in Kerala;
·        Kuchipudi Dance Festival in Kuchipudi Village;
·        Konark Dance Festival in Orissa;
·        Kajuraho Dance Festival;
·        Chidambaram Dance Festival;
·        Dance Festivals in Delhi - Upna Ushtsav; and
·        Brahmotsav at Chennai, Chudambaram, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Thirupathi


Ø Recipient of scholarship, Government of India, Kerala,  Kuchipudi Classical Dance (1981 -1983).
Ø Nominated Member and Director of the Textbook Committee of Kuchipudi Dance Government of Karnataka
Ø Honored as a Judge for Kuchipudi Dance National Level Competitions, Government of India (Department of Culture and Tourism) Kerala, and Association of Indian Universities (A I U) Sathyabama University,Chennai,(21-12-2011).                                                                                          
Ø Received Siva Foundation Award in the year 2009..
Ø  Appointed Examiner at Kuchipudi Centre in Potti Sriramulu Telugu University for Postgraduate and Diploma courses. (2001). 
Ø Privileged Instructor at Kuchipudi Village (2003-2004) Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.
Ø Acknowledged by the title “NATYA NIDHI”, 30th Annual Celebrations of Lakshmi Kuchipudi Center (17th April 2010).
Ø Accredited Kalasagar Award by Kalasagar- Shoranur – Kerala (28th May 2010).
Ø Contributed Outstanding Excellency in Kuchipudi Classical Dance and received Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary Club of Madras, Silver Beach (October 30th, 2010.
Ø Received World Dance Day Puraskar Nataraj Music & Dance
Acadamy, Visakhapatnam. (29th April 2011)

 Ø Certified  “NATYASRI” in 4th All India Classical Dance Festival, organized by Vysakhi Nrithyotsav and Nataraj Music and Dance Academy, visakhapattanam. (19th September2011)..                                                                                      

 Ø Distinguished Member of Andhra Pradesh Cultural Council, (2011) and  All India Sivaji Fine Arts Club society,(2012) has been Awarded the “ Sivaji Virudhu” 30/January/ 2012.
 Ø Natyakala Choodamani Awarded by Ganamukundapriya Chennai.
o   Entitled “Sri Guru” of Kuchipudi Dance on the 3rd World Telugu Conference,   Tirupati ( 27th to  29th  of Dec 2012) .
 Ø Recognized Guru of SILICON ANDHRA, Guinness Book of World Records-2010.
 Ø Received Kuchipudi Natyasarswathi Puraskar, from Natya Saraswathi Kuchipudi Academy, Akhila karnataka Kuchipudi Nrithyotasav(AKKN) Bangalore, (10/February2013).     
 Ø South Zone cultural Center Tanjore Karnataka Sangeeta (Govt of Karnataka) .   They Conducted kuchipudi  dance three days (19,20,21 in Sep 2013) workshop in Tanjore. They appointed me also to conduct the workshop as a kuchipudi Guru
 Ø I conducted workshop at bangalore(nagarbavi andsanjayanagar) from  30th August to 17th sept. 2013 in the name of bharata bharati foundation school of kuchipudi dance.
 Ø  Received Naatya Vibhushana from kalamandapam VA               USA(22/june2013)