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.

Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini


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.

Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini


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.

Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini - Motto


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 Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini -  Philosophy


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 Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini - Outreach
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini - Outreach
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini - Outreach
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini - Outreach


Guru of Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini
Kalaimamani Krishnakumari Narendran
Guru of Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini
PadmaBhushan awardee Kalanidhi Narayan
Guru of Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini
Bhagavathulu Seetharama Sharma
Gurus of Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala Founder Kala Pradarshini


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.

  • Kalaimamani
    Government of Tamil Nadu - 1999
  • Honorary D. LETT - 2017
  • Dr J Jayalalithaa Special Kalaimamani
    Government of Tamil Nadu - 20
  • Largest Bharathanatyam Class In The World
    Guinness Book of World Records
    (event organized by Sri Thyagayya TV - 20
  • Woman Achiever Award
    Ministry of Labour and Employment Government of India - 2015
  • Certificate Of Achievement Contribution - Legislative Assembly of Alberta Calgary - West, Canada
  • Aacharya Choodamani
    Sri Krishna Gana Sabha Trust, Chennai - 2017
  • Naatiya Thendral
    Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai - 2017
  • Best Senior Dancer Award
  • Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai
  • Kala Seva Bharati
    Bharat Kalachar, Chennai - 2015
  • Eminent Woman Achiever Award
    Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai
    Presented by former Governer His Excellency DR. K. Rosaih - 2011
  • Naatya Ilavarasi
    Shanmukha Fine Arts, New Delhi
  • Acharya Kala Vipanchi
    Vipanchi Cultural Academy, Chennai
  • Best Naatyacharya
  • Indian Fine Arts Association - Chennai
  • Padma Sadhana
  • Padma Sarangapani Trust, Chennai
  • Naatya Ratna - Indo American Culture and Religious Foundation USA
  • Naatya Mayuri - Chaitanya Samaiyka Bharati, Hyderabad
  • Mahati Awards
  • Vocational Excellence Award
    Rotary Club, Chennai
  • Naatya Kalashiromani
    Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai
  • Sangita kala Jothi Suswara Trust - 2022