Join Akademi in the second of our Dance Dialogue series: Rukmini Vijayakumar, a noted Bharatanatyam artist and actor from India, in an artistic conversation with Vena Ramphal.
Akademi brings to you an exclusive partnering with eloquent Bharatanatyam artist and actor Rukmini Vijayakumar with Vena Ramphal a media celebrity, scholar and Bharatanatyam dancer.
This conversation will frame classical Indian dance and its relevance in a global contemporary context. Rukmini will share her experience in creating and touring work that adheres to traditional vocabulary while experimenting with context and presentation. This sumptuous pairing of two eminent women will be a warm and uplifting insight into a modern cultural India.
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Rukmini Vijayakumar is a Bharatanatyam artist and actor. Rukmini is also the Director of the dance company Raadha Kalpa and the art space LshVa, in Bangalore, India. Having trained in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of renowned practitioners, Rukmini later graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet and studied Human Anatomy and Physiology at the Boston University.
Vena Ramphal is a Dance and Wellbeing specialist. Trained in classical Indian dance Vena has performed for royalty, prime ministers and celebrities around the world. Her performances have featured on the BBC and Channel 4. In 2019 she launched ‘The Shape of Stillness: Dance and Wellbeing’ events to bring unforgettable experiences of wellbeing to public, private and corporate settings. Her next performance is on 24 July at the October Gallery.