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About Guru Smt. Ratnam Janardhanan
     
 
 

“Dancing is Divine”.  An art which to flourish requires devoted, dedicated artistes and ardent followers. One such exponent of the art in the field of Indian Classical Dance is Ratnam Janardhanan, who is deeply devoted and dedicated to her art. Dance is her 'sadhana', her way to communicate with the Divine. For her, it is an unquenchable ocean. She is one of the artists in Orange City “To whom, Nagpur is culturally indebted …” – from media reports. A dancer, a dance teacher and choreographer as well as a singer, Ratnam Janardhanan is a distinguished figure in the field of Dance (Bharatanatyam) in Central India. She is also proficient in Mohiniyattam, the classical dance form in Kerala.

 
 
Ratnam Janardhanan received initial training in dance in her childhood under Kalamandalam Mannadiyar and Sadanam Lakshmi Kutty from Kerala.  After her marriage in 1971, Ratnam shifted to Nagpur (Maharashtra) where she continued her studies and dance performances. She obtained Nritya Visharad Degree in Bharatanatyam from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai.  Later, in 1983, she established her own dance school Pratibha Nritya Mandir, Nagpur, which is affiliated to Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Mandal, Miraj (Maharashtra) and now registered as a Charitable Trust for promotion of Indian art and culture.
Art flourishes and blossoms in full bloom when nurtured by earnest sincerity and dedication. She trains her students with a hawk's eye for perfection and highest standards with the sole aim to shape them as outstanding artistes. Over the past more than three decades of dedication to the fine arts, Ratnam Janardhanan has trained more than 3000 students in her dance school, many of whom have now emerged as eminent artistes themselves, some of whom are established dancers and teachers who runs their own dance schools in India and abroad.
In order to provide a cultural platform and an opportunity for public performance and also to create awareness among the people about various aspects of classical dance art, Ratnam organize regularly annual programmes, where a good number of young artistes, right from the age of 5 years, are given chance to take part every year.
As a choreographer, Ratnam Janardhanan has produced and presented quite a number of dances and dance-dramas which have been well acclaimed by connoisseurs and the media. Her students have participated in many competitions and won several awards. Most of the children selected for festivals and competitions had a professional approach which could be seen in their dance techniques, choice of dance items, presentation and performances well within the time slot.  Some of the performances by her disciples include Kalidas Samaroh (Maharashtra Govt.); Navaratri Festival (Kerala); Ghungroo Festival (Madhya Pradesh); Rashtriya Ramayan Mela (Uttar Pradesh); Classical Dance Festivals of South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur; Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande Sangeet Samaroh (Maharashtra); Bal Sangeet Samaroh (M.P.); Mandu Festival (M.P.); Guru Poornima Sangeet Mahotsav (M.P.), Salt Lake Music Festival, (Kolkata), Natyanjali Dance Festival, (Mumbai), Stars of Tomorrow – organized by West Bengal Dance Group Federation, Uday Shankar Nrityotsav, (Kolkata), etc.

 
 

POSITIONS HELD

 
 
  • Director, Pratibha Nritya Mandir, Nagpur (Maharashtra), (1983 onwards);
  • Member, Vidyalaya Managing Committee, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ordnance Factory, Ambajhari, Nagpur (1991 onwards);
  • Judge - National and State-level Classical Dance competitions for RTM Nagpur University (1978 onwards);
  • Member, Kala Darpanam - a cultural association of artistes and art lovers for Art and Culture Movement of India (2006 onwards);
  • Principal, Narayana Vidyalayam for Music and Culture (N-MAC), Nagpur (1997-2001)
  • Examiner, Paper-setter and Valuator for Bharatnatyam for Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Mandal, Miraj (Maharashtra) and Govt.MLB Girls (Autonomous) College, Bhopal.
  • Patron Member – Keraleeya Samajam (Regd.), Nair Service Society (Regd.), Nagpur.
 
 

CULTURAL ATTAINMENTS

 
 
  • Premiered short and full length dance dramas: Harihara Puthra, Kannaki, Dakshayagam, Om Shakti, Nartaki, Draupadi Vastraharan, Valli-Kalyanam, Santhanagopalam, Pasupatastra, Vasavadatta, Om Shri Shivaya Namaha (in Hindi), Sri Balaji Sumangalam (in Hindi), Dasavatar, Sri Lakshmi, Viswamohini, Sita Kalyanam, Sthree Shakti, Ashtanayika, Hare Krishna, Agni-Pravesha, etc.
  • Staged 20 Arangetrams (formal stage debut) of her disciples;
  • Choreographed and presented a Fusion dance comprising Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak for Ganesh Vandana organized by South Central Zone Cultural Centre, 2008.
  • Choreographed and presented “Mahishasura Mardini” a dance ballet on Sthree Shakti entitled “Saudamini” for Prasar Bharati Doordarshan Kendra, Nagpur, in March 2009 telecast in May, June, July & August 2009 every week.
  • Ratnam Janardhanan's achievements are many. In recognition of her outstanding services and contribution in the field of art and culture, she has been acknowledged and awarded by several prestigious organizations and foundations.
 
 

 AWARDS AND HONOURS

 
 
  • Magnum Award for outstanding contribution in the cultural field by Keraleeya Samajam (Regd.),   Nagpur (2006);
  • Felicitated by Hindi Mahila Samiti, Nagpur for Best Judge (2006);
  • Appreciation Award for Best Direction Dance and Dance Drama in the Rashtriya Ramayan Mela, Chitrakoot, U.P
  • Felicitated by Telugu Sanskrutika Sangham (Regd.), Nagpur at the hands of Padmabhushan Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam (Hyderabad) for outstanding contribution to Classical Dance (2007).
  • NRITYA RATNA Award by Salt Lake Cultural Association, Kolkata, in recognition as a danseuse of the highest order, an ardent of Indian Classical Dance and for being a magnificent Nritya Guru (2007).
  • Felicitated by Saraswat Sabha Library, Nagpur, for outstanding service in dance field (2008).
  • Felicitated by Matoshree Manjudabai  Bhoge Sangeet Academy for rendering outstanding services in classical dance for long 25 years in Maharashtra, in a function held at Thugaondee, Dist.Nagpur (September 2008).
  • KALA RATNA Award by Kala Darpanam – Art & Cultural Movement of India in the 14th Kalakara Mahasangama Sabha held at Kottayam, Kerala (October 2008).
  • Felicitated by Sanskar Bharati, Nagpur for outstanding contribution in Classical Dance on the occasion of Guru Purnima celebrations (2009).
  • MEERA  Award by Sanskar Bharati Natya Kendra, Agra, (U.P)), at the National Dramatics & Dance Festival (2009).
  • ASMITHA Award by Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Nagpur for outstanding contribution in the field of Bharatanatyam dance on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 2010).
  • WOMEN’S PRIDE AWARD 2012 presented by JCI ZONE IX, Nagpur for excellence and selfless services in the field of Dance (Arts), on the occasion of Outstanding Women Felicitation function held at Nagpur (2012).
  • Felicitation by Keraleeya Samajam (Regd.), Nagpur for outstanding contribution in the field of Dance on the occasion of Onam Celebrations (2013).
  • Honoured with NRITYAVIDUSHI award by Theatre Movement, Cuttack, Odisha, as a gesture of gratitude for participation in Global Theatre Festival (January 2014).
 
  ARTICLES/BOOKS
 
 
  1. Mohiniyattam – Classical dance form of Kerala” (published in the Souvenir, Pratibha Nritya Mandir, Nagpur, 1988).
  2. Nagpur me Shastriya Nritya – Bharatanatyam” (in Hindi) published in Journal ‘ Thinking Genius – Nagpur Kal, Aaj aur Kal ‘ December 2009.
  3. Bharatanatyam - The Classical Dance of India (published in the Souvenir, Keraleeya Samajam (Regd.), Nagpur, 2012).
  4. Classical Dance of India – Bharatanatyam in Nagpur – published in the Souvenir of Nair Service Society (Regd.), Nagpur, March 2014.
  5. Compilation of Questions & Answers from Sangeet Parichay to Alankar as per syllabus prescribed by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya Mandal, Miraj- A Guide (under print).