Kalai (Arts) – Aksharam (Education) – Aashram (Shelter)
a brainchild of Bharatanatyam Guru Ranidevi.
In Vittalapuram on Thirukulakundram Road, off ECR
Between Chennai and Pondicherry (3 kms from Kalpaakkam, the Atomic Energy plant) near Puthupattinam – Vittalapuram is Village No. 77 in Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu
Direction: Traveling on ECR from Chennai, pass Mamalapuram (Mahabalipuram) go for 12 kms, pass Poonthandalam, you will see a Marine Institute poster on your left, turn right on the new Thirukulakundram Road, after a mile you will see Rani’s Villa on your right. Manager: Samynathan 91592-60150. Watchman (lady) Malar 9597740075.
Arts for the destitute disabled and unaffordable - see Vision and Mission
Sponsored by Kalairani Natya Saalai (KNS Inc.)
A non-profit tax-exempt organization – 501 (c) 4 – Tax Id 52-1916040
An established Bharatanatyam academy in Maryland, USA, since 1984.
Kalairani Natya Saalai, untiringly serving the Indian community for three decades in USA, now lifts its passion for both art and our dear motherland to the next level through this Kalaaksharam. Rani the dance guru has single handedly initiated this, bought the land, faced many issues, and the first building is completed as of December 2008. She believes funds will pour in to implement the rest. Besides running a dance academy in USA, she was the first to bring Thamizh Cinema to USA theatres. Placing Bharatanatyam in prestigious indescribable, indelible platform includes Christian Bharatanatyam tours all over USA and India, teaching at George Mason University, teaching Bharatanatyam for the hearing impaired, promoting programs for the vision impaired, etc. Her passion for social work includes STHRI (support teach heal reform India for women), Adventist ADRA International, Christian Children’s Fund, and many private projects.
- Rani Angeline David
- Swithin Ahilan David
- Sumithrin Elango David
- Franklin George David
- Atty. Meena Cherian
- one more board member
Above6 plus Mrs. Edwina Bhaskaran Prakash, Dr. Thambi Thomas, Mrs. Priya Sumithra Morlock, Mrs. Rajini Shanthi John, Mrs. Ansuya Vijayan, Anitha Magdy James.
Her two sons stand as her pillar and spine.
Swithin Ahilan David
is a rare combination of neuro-science (vision) therapist and an improv comedy dramatist. He deals with patients and brain science during the day, and in the evenings and weekends he trains, performs comedy shows in his own studio in Rochester, New York.
Sumithrin Elango David
is a film editor and producer going places and very busy; plans and administers his work with Paper Route Productions in New Jersey. He is currently the co-executive producer of the Alaska show by Discovery Channel called YUKON MEN aired every Friday night.
Rani says: I am not sure how far my dreams will take me, but I rely on some of Mahatma Gandhiji’s quotes: “satisfaction lies in the effort not in the attainment”, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” and “be the change you want to see in the world”.