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Gullapudi Raman Kumari

Dancer, Dance Activist, Dance Pedagogue

Hyderabad, India

Born 1980, in the eastern state of Odisha. Living in Hyderabad. I am a dancer, dance educator and choreographer. I strongly believe “Dance is Life and Life is to Dance". I was initiated to the art of Odissi when I was 7 years old.

My early training under many great guru's of odissi have definitely helped me to understand the core technicalities of Odissi repertoire. I successfully completed my MMus from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya. My quest for enriching my creative art with the technique and style in social context is the final goal of my life.

I have wide range of teaching and performing experience in this field both in India and USA. I have worked in schools, colleges, universities and in other corporate venues.

My focus is on molding budding talent to professional standards of excellence, while at the same time pursuing my performing interests. I also keep abreast of traditional Odissi repertoire and contemporary trends, and as a consequence, frequently invited to conduct workshops, judge talent in competitions and provide lecture demonstrations.

Presently I am looking for PHD in Dance. Research proposal is "Dance is Natural and dance is Universal" A study with scientific subjectivity.

And also looking for new challenges and opportunities to make a difference in my high impact teambuilding dancing activities and movement sessions for businesses. I use the Odissi and free style movements in professional settings to illustrate the principles of leadership development and interactive teamwork.

I will empower your team by combining fundamental communication skills with our unique gesture and movement methodology. Each performance and dancing workshop is tailored to meet predefined objectives that deliver tangible results with surprising impact such as each individual will be able to channelize their connection of body and mind.

My lecture demonstrations are going to be very informative, interactive and entertaining.

Honors & Awards:
Akhsaya Mahanty Smruti Samman
The Oriya Poet Association of Southern Odisha
January 2002
For the contribution to Odissi.

Book translation: "The process of mudra interpretation"
Starting January 2013
Recently finished the translation of the book " The Process of Mudra Interpretation". Looking for sponsors to publish the book soon.

Odissi choreography on a Tarana in raag Malkauns
November 2013
This dance piece is originated with an interet to see Odissi in a different attire. The composition of Tarana has been a tradition in Hindustani music. This type of composition is also used by kathak dancers for their pure dance pieces. It is similar to Pallavi in odissi dance and Tillana in Bharatnatyam as even noted danceuse and exponent Balasaraswati also mentioned. The inricacies of music and it's growth with improvisation is very facinating.
Hopefully my audience would love to see a new choreography.apart from the odissi with odissi music

Chathushkala Natya Hela
February 2015
Four different styles of Indian classical dance such as Odissi, Mohini Attam, Kathak and Kuchipudi are presented their own dance styles. A new choreography is done on a Tarana involving all these above mentioned dance styles under the super guidance of Pandit Angu Babu from Kathak Kala Kshetra. The respective dancers were involved to choreograph their respective styles. Odissi by Gullapudi Raman Kumari, Mohiniattam by Mythilli Anoop, Kathak by Achuta Manasa and Kuchipudi by Srutha Kirthy Ravikant. The Tarana is set to Raag Malkosh and Taal Adi talam. Presented at Chatushkala Natya hela on sunday, 22nd February, at 6pm, at Thyagaraya Ganasabha, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad.

The Anuual show of feet on Earth
January 2015
Choreographed and presented the whole Odissi segment the feet on Earth Annual show. My students and myself presented Shiva Tandava and Sthai (pure dance).

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Experiences

Dancer, Dance Activist and Dance pedegogue

Feet on Earth a Dance Studio  |  Hyderabad, India

May, 2013 - Present

Teaching dance from beginners to advance level. Conducting workshops and lecture demonstrations. Dance choreography for studio show case.

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Dancer

Independent  |  Hyderabad, India

March, 2011 - Present

Dancer and Dance Pedagogue

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Dancer and Dance Pedagogue

Independent Dancer  |  Hyderabad, India

March, 2011 - August, 2012 (1 Year 5 Months)

I am teaching in Hyderabad area and I am also offering dance classes online.

Dance Director

Rhythm and Raag  |  Hyderabad, India

August, 2010 - August, 2011 (1 Year )

Responsible for dance teaching, performing, conducting workshops and lecture demonstrations

Guest Artist

Department of World Music  |  Hyderabad, India

August, 2010 - March, 2011 (7 Months)

Teaching dance in different schools under the umbrella of world music

Master Class

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  |  Champaign, United States

August, 2010 - December, 2010 (4 Months)

Planning the syllabubs of the class. Teaching two classes a week both practical and theory. Prepared the students for a performance at the end of the semester show. Teaching included visual video presentations apart from teaching the general curriculum.

Entrepreneur

Dancing Dolls  |  Hyderabad, India

January, 2010 - Present

Dancing Dolls is a premier institute for dance in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Presently classes are going on in Risala Bazar, Kompally apart from Online. Focus of teaching: Body Discipline, Odissi, Bollywood, Salsa, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Free style, Contemporary.

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Performed to Raise Funds

Asha for Education  |  Champaign, United States

March, 2005 - December, 2011 (6 Years 9 Months)

Myself and my students performed in two main annual events of ASHA to raise funds in the Champaign, Urbana chapter from 2006-2011.

Dance Teacher

Dancer  |  India

October, 2004 - March, 2011 (6 Years 5 Months)

Performed at different festivals in India and USA. Teaching dance to private students. Involved in cultural events for organizing and presenting.

Dance Teacher

Kala Bikash Kendra  |  Ganjam, India

April, 2002 - August, 2004 (2 Years 4 Months)

Teaching, Performing and Choreographing Dance.

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Kendriya Vidyalaya Berhampur  |  India

December, 2001 - August, 2004 (2 Years 8 Months)

Teaching dance,Preparing students for performance, Organizing cultural activities.

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 Education

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Law (LLB)-Political Science

Berhampur University-India

India

1995 - 2004 (9 year)

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MMus-Dance

Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay, Mumbay-India

India

1998 - 2000 (2 year)

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