Kalaimamani Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala is an established practitioner, versatile choreographer, teacher, able festival curator, a loving mother and wife. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, started learning Bharata Natyam at a very young age under Kalaimamani Smt. Krishnakumari Narendran, Padmabushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan and Shri. Bagavathulu Sitharam Sharma. She has performed solos in various venues, and has participated in festivals in India & abroad.
Parvathi’s Dance Journey spans 40 years
In the beginning of her career, she faced many struggles. Her family would not be convinced about a career in dance and entry to the art fraternity was a challenge. She performed not what was close to her heart but only what was demanded of her. Among other road blocks, dancing was considered an expensive proposition. The social preference in art was inclined more towards music than dance at the time.
In 1990s, she started working with thematic projects
Year 1991 brought new challenges like globalization, with more emphasis on churning out more doctors and engineers. As a result art began to take a backseat.
In 1992, Parvathi had her first group production and called it “Arul Adal “. She explored social topics that could carry a message through dance. This production was choreographed in line with hard core Indian philosophy and since she has unraveled many unique topics through dance..
Such was her dedication that in 1993 she came into her own using her production to address barriers to entry, giving more opportunities to students of lower economic background and empowering young aspirant dancers.
She has performed both solo and group productions in the Indian sub-continent, USA, UK, France, West Indies and across Asian pacific.
About her dream Institution
In 1998, she renamed her mother’s institution ( Nava Nandini Kalalayam ) to Kala Pradarshini with a vision to sustain world class Bharata Natyam artists.
In 2018, she spread her wings and started a school in Annanagar to reach out to more students.
A graded and empanelled artist with Indian Council for Culture Relations (ICCR) , she is also a member of the International Dance Council (CID, UNESCO) and has served as a Vice President & Secretary and presently as a Committee member for Abhai forum.
She invites eminent aspiring choreographers to associate with Kala Pradarshini and give a new outlook to productions.
How she saw Art
Parvathi saw Art not just as means to convey grace and philosophies but as a tool to complete the cycle of growth and development. This medium of expression and communication has passed down generations. The philosophy of Gurukul has given impetus to her methods of training.
She trains to help her students exceed their own expectations not just in dancing but also as individuals. They develop management skills and get involved in organizing events for the academy. Many of her students work with her as faculty and administrative staff.
In her Natya Festivals (Dance), Parvathi adds value to her programs by creating opportunities not only for her students but also disciples of other Gurus and upcoming dancers and veteran dancers. To merge with the times, Parvathi has started online classes.
To be globally recognized and teach to transfer the art of dancing, not merely as a commercial pursuit.