Kalakshetra Foundation, the arts and cultural academy was founded by Rukmini Arundale in 1936. The Founder Rukmini Devi Arundale visualized Kalakshetra to be a place where the essence of Indian thought would find expression through artistic education. Spread over almost 100 acres by the seashore in Chennai, the Kalakshetra foundation was without a director for more than ten months.
Since the end of tenure of Danseuse Priyadharshini Govind last July, the foundation remained without a director till recently. The alumni association and previous director Ms. Leela Samson opined that it was not good for Kalakshetra Foundation to remain without head for so long. Following this Revathi Ramachandra, disciple of Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer, will soon take over as the director of Kalakshetra Foundation.
Ms. Revathi Ramachandran is a specialist in Shuddha Nrittam, which was restored by her guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer. The dance technique follows all the rules of Sastra, retains all the basic requirements of Nrittam, but does not incorporate the abhinaya and geetha. She has many awards to her name, including ‘Nadana Mamani’, ‘Yuva Kala Bharathi’, ‘Isai Kalai Chelvar’, ‘Vani Kala Sudhakara’ and ‘Natya Kala Sikhamani’.
Apart from this she was a gifted athlete in her school and college days in basketball, which is one of the reasons for her stamina.