Gullapudi Raman Kumari
Gullapudi Raman Kumari is an accomplished professional dancer, teacher and choreographer in Odissi and one of the rare dancers who strongly believes "dance is life and life is to dance". She was introduced to the art of Odissi when she was barely seven years old. She had her early training under Guru Shree Gajandra Panda and Guru Shree Sudhakar Sahu. Later she continued her studies under the guidance of Guru Shree Dr. Manoj Kumar Behera and gained a thorough grounding in the Guru Shree Deba Prasad Das style of odissi. Her quest for enriching her art technique and style is the final goal of her life.
Raman is one of the well-established artists in the field today, part of a small group of contemporary peers so recognized. She has a wide range of teaching and performing experience in this field and plans to establish her own dance institution.
In addition to the teaching of theory and practice of Odissi, Raman is also an accomplished performer and choreographer. She has given stage performances to enthusiastic response and acclaim at several prestigious forums in India and abroad.
A friendly person loved by her students and liked by all, Raman focuses on molding budding talent to professional standards of excellence, while at the same time pursuing her performing interests. She also keeps abreast of traditional Odissi repertoire and contemporary trends, and as a consequence, is frequently invited to conduct workshops, judge competitions and provide lecture demonstrations.