Ulaga Natya Peroli Padmini Ramachandran
The Indian dancing queen, Padmini Ramachandran was known as “Ulaga Natya Peroli” or torchbearer of the world of dance. She immigrated to the United States in the late 1960’s, bringing with her an art form that transcends all languages. Padmini, a leading dancer, had performed in front of several distinguished personalities including Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Nehru, and Premier Khrushchev. She established Padmini Institute of Fine Arts in New Jersey, where over 500 students trained in this beautiful art form. Padmini, a legendary dancer, was the disciple of renowned Guru Mahalingam Pillai in Bharatha Natyam and Guru Gopinath for Kathakali.
Isai MaaMani Radha Balasubramanian
In her constant efforts to enrich the institute, padmini brought her friend and esteemed colleague, “Isai MaaMani” or Jewel of the music world, Radha Balasubramanian to Padmini Institute of Fine Arts. This one jewel brough a package of talents to PIFA. Possessing a melodious voice for which she is famous, Radha is also a skilled mridangist, much sought after nattuvangist, and superb choreographer and music composer. Radha learned music from her father Puthukottai Balasubramanian Iyer and dance from the renowned Natyacharya Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai.