Meet the Speakers
Dr Rama Kausalya
Dr. Rama Kausalya is a musician, teacher, musicologist and propagator of traditional and cultural values. She has devoted her time to inspire and transform lives in rural Thanjavur through music and other forms of art. She is a native of Tillaisthanam, a village known for its music and musical lineage. She has been an avid reader since her childhood and equally interested in theory and practice of music, eventually leading her to become a musicologist.
She has broken barriers by promoting peace and harmony through her Marabu Foundation by conducting workshops and classes free of cost. Dr. Kausalya ji has also received the Musicologist award by the Music Academy in 2017 in honour of her contribution to music.
Rukmini Vijayakumar established Raadha Kalpa in 2009. She creates the training curriculum, teaches,
choreographs and performs as a part of Raadha Kalpa dance Company.
Trained under imminent gurus, Narmada Rao and Sundari Santhanam, Rukmini has carved a niche for herself in the performing arts world. After her initial years of Ballet under Yana Lewis, she graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory receiving a BFA degree in ballet and modern dance. Her training in Karanas under Sundari, in the tradition of Guru Padma Subrahmanyam, and her education in choreography at the conservatory, has given Rukmini a unique choreographic perspective that retains tradition while drawing from the ancient to create something that relates to the contemporary.
Rukmini is a certified power pilates instructor, and yoga practitioner. She has studied Anatomy and Physiology at BU, and courses of Fitness instruction at UCLA. Her extensive knowledge in Human anatomy and dance pedagogy is incorporated in her teaching curriculum at Raadha Kalpa.
Prince Rama Varma
Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma, better known as Prince Rama Varma, is an Indian classical musician and a member of the Royal Family of Travancore. He is a Carnatic vocalist as well as an exponent of the Veena. He is also recognised as a music teacher, musicologist, writer and orator. He has given concerts and conducted music workshops all over India and in several other countries including USA, UK, Netherlands, France, UAE, Malaysia and Singapore.
Prince Rama Varma gave his maiden public performance in 1990, and released his first CD at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Since then, he has given concerts and talks in several notable venues across the globe including Arsenal de Metz, France; Zuiderpershuis, Belgium; the Royal Tropical Institute and The Waag, Amsterdam; the Korzo Theatre in The Hague; The Hindu Lit for Life Literary festival; Alliance Francaise and the Madras Music Academy. He was invited to perform at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the then president of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.