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   Lavanya Raghuraman's Neythal - the Continental Shelf, a thematic Bharatanatyam solo at Esplanade, Singapore on 19Feb,2011 was a grand success
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The Great Dhananjayans, R.Lavanya's Gurus

Lavanya's performance at Natyanjali, Chidambaram

Lavanya performing an episode from Kalki's Sivakamiyin Sabadam at Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai on 03 Jan'2005



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Lavanya Raghuraman with the President of Singapore, H E Mr S.R.Nathan

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Lavanya Raghuraman   (alapana's Bharatanatyam Teacher)
  • Lavanya Raghuraman had a penchant for dance & music from early childhood. A disciple of the Dhananjayans, Lavanya has been performing at various Sabhas since her Arrangetram at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai in 1999.
  • Lavanya has taken active part in the productions, "Sangamitra" & "Nritya Tarangini" [under Dhananjayans], "Pancha Bhoota" [under Sri C.V.Chandrasekhar], "Cosmic Dance of the One" [under Smt Lakshmi Viswanathan].
  • Her solo performance, "Glorious Traditions" held on 28th April,2001 at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, Singapore was a resounding success. The media reports have praised her for the quality of performance.
  • Her choreography of the dance feature ‘Abhinaya Apsaras’ & 'Shakthi Koothu', following the traditional ‘Margam’ format were lauded as  successful choreography. Lavanya has performed at leading Sabhas in Chennai. Lavanya has performed a solo recital at the Natyanjali 2003 at Chidambaram & also before the deity, Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. 
  • Besides dance, Lavanya is known for her versatile talents. Following the footsteps of the great musician & Scholar Sangita Kalanidhi Dr S.Ramanathan, her grand father, Lavanya pursues Vocal music, Violin & Veena. She won the first prize for Violin - Open Category- at the National Indian Music Competition held be the National Arts Council’ in Sep'04 . She holds the credit of winning prize twice - once in 1998 and recently in Sep,2004).
  • Lavanya was featured in a successful special violin recital for MUSIC BOX 2000 on 7th April,2000 by the Esplanade-theatres on the bay and this concert received a splendid review in Straits Times.  Lavanya bagged the first prize at the Radio Corporation of Singapore’s "Talentime-1998" for singing.
  • The VCD produced by the Ministry of Education, Singapore on Bharatanatyam features Lavanya as the key person and dancer. The VCD has been distributed to all secondary schools in Singapore in 2004.
  • Lavanya's "Nagareshu Kaanchi" at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai on 3rd January,2005 at the Festival of Dance received a deserving review in the Hindu. Lavanya Raghuraman performed three solo Bharatanatyam recitals (Hamsadhwani, Nadabrahmam & Bramha Gana Sabha) in Chennai during the season in Dec'05/Jan'06 . 'The Hindu' of 5th Jan'06 carried another good review on her performance.
  • Lavanya attended an intensive camp of her Guru, the Dhananjayans   at Yogaville, USA in Jul/Aug'06.
  • Lavanya performed at the Chennai Music & Dance Festival 2006/07 at Karthik Fine Arts and Brahma Gana Sabha.
  • She also performed a Bharatanatyam recital at SIFAS festival, Singapore in Feb'07.
  • Lavanya performed 'Alchemy of the Opposites', a Bharatanatyam solo performance at the Esplanade Theatre Studio for the Kalaa Utsavam organised by the Esplanade-theatres on the bay on 18Nov'07. It was a full-house performance.
  • Lavanya was conferred the prestigioustitle, 'Natya Chudar' by Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai on 1st Jan'2009.

alapana Centre for Music and Dance, 375 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218122

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