Parvathi founded Kala Pradarshini, with an aim of giving back to the society and support deserving artists to get the opportunity and catapult themselves to the next level. Knowing the barriers to enter the realm of performing arts, she wanted to be able to provide more open access through her organization.
Smt. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala is an award winning practitioner, choreographer and teacher of Bharathanatyam. With a successful career spanning over four decades and in an endeavour to promote the younger generation and preserve the intangible cultural heritage of Indian arts, her organization Kala Pradarshini has become a successful centre for performing arts and cultural activities.
After being a successful solo performer, she realized through her journey of thorns and roadblocks what it took to succeed. The performing art of Bharathanatyam is expensive and exclusive, but she was determined to find a way to make it sustainable for those interested. She decided to take the unlaid roads, to make Indian performing arts more inclusive, both socially and economically.
Through her innovative conceptualization she curated group productions which gave opportunities to several upcoming dancers, musicians, and technicians. With the advent of technological advancements, she again became a pioneer of using technology, blending it with live traditional art performances, while maintaining the artistic requirements needed by the fine art. Owing to her distinguished excellence, her productions were widely sought after. She was able to provide more opportunities in India and abroad to several artists, artisans and support technicians to practice the arts and take it up as full time professions. This became trendsetting and slowly started becoming socially acceptable and economically viable.
Her moto has been to make sure the intangible cultural heritage of India reaches all those who are interested of the art sans the background, . The speciality about her institution is no child is discriminated due to lack of funds or any social stigma. Even those with learning difficulty, hearing impairment and other minority religions have enrolled and have reached successful levels. Parvathi guides her disciples to establish their own dance academies as a full time profession generating self employment.
Parvathi's philosophy is two fold- to expand performing opportunities to performing artists and to bring out the great knowledge and wisdom of our Indian intangible cultural heritage, history, philosophies and works of literacy to the younger generation through arts. Her projects are around equality, opportunities and most recently around global warming and harmony- all this while retaining and respecting the aesthetics of the traditional art form.
Parvathi has adopted a government school in Chennai where she not only teaches bharathanatyam, but also makes the children perform on mainstream venues along with the prime time artists. The institution provides all necessary kits, from make up to costumes to performing kits to the artists who cannot afford. Her students are exposed to the stage and overcome stage fear, develop their personality and character and are groomed into fine personalities with high ethics and morale.
Parvathi is a graded artiste with the Doordarshan, an empaneled artist with Indian Council for Culture relations, member of the International Dance Council (CID, UNESCO) and has served ABHAI (Association of Bharathanatyam Artists of India) as Secretary and later Vice President.