Eminent Faculty

Dr. Vasanth Kiran

Dr. Vasanth Kiran, Ph. D.

Head of the Department, Dept. of Performing Arts

E-Mail: vasanth.kiran@alliance.edu.in

Contact: +91 80 41124619

Dr. Vasanth Kiran is one of the foremost names in the field of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi today. He is an honorary member of the International Dance Council, UNESCO, France and World Dance Alliance, Australia, Society of Dance History Scholars, USA and Dance Research Forum, India.

He holds a Masters and Doctoral degrees in Dance and has been extensively involved in the academic field of performing arts. He is actively involved in the boards of universities and is an external examiner to Bangalore University, (Nalanda) Mumbai University, Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and many more. Dr Vasanth also holds a Ph.D., MPhil and MBA degrees from Marshall University, USA and is a Professor of Marketing and a sought after speaker. He is currently a visiting faculty for the University of Pisa, Italy, Goethe University, Germany, Paris School of Business, France and many more, both in the areas of Business Management and Dance.

He has represented India for performances and workshops in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, and Russia, to name a few. Prof Vasanth has published research papers on the Performing Arts and Business in reputed international and national journals in India and abroad, apart from being on the Editorial Board and reviewer for esteemed journals.

He is known for his intricate choreographic techniques and vibrancy in dance. His skills as ‘nattuvanar’ are well recognized. Bhaavayami Raghuramam, Pacharama Kshetramulu, Amantrayate Dwarakapathi, Dasara Krishna and Nayaka Chatwaram are very well received choreographies. He has obtained many awards, including one from the President of India. He is currently Head of the Department, Department of Performing Arts, Alliance University, Bangalore.

Research paper presentations

  1. 'Redefining Guru-shishya Parampara – Drawing balance between Oral, Textual And Digital Tradition ('digidition') to Gen Y', presented at the National conference organised by Mumbai University and UGC 2015 at the Nalanda Dance Research Centre

Case Study Publications

  1. 'Voice culture', in Naad Nartan Journal of Music and Dance, January 2016, with Suchetan Rangaswamy

Article Publications

  1. 'Indian Classical Dance Education: Issues and Imbibing Management skills', in Nrityanjali - World Dance day edition, May 2015

Prof. Aswini Nambiar

Prof. Aswini Nambiar

Assistant Professor

E-Mail: aswini.cp@alliance.edu.in

Contact: +91 80 41124619

Prof. Aswini Nambiar is a talented dancer in the field of Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam with an experience of 18 years. She has completed her schooling from the Prestigious Kerala Kalamandalam, Trissur. In addition she has completed her Diploma in the field of Kuchipudi and Bharathanatyam from Alliance University and Kalaikaveri respectively.

She is a disciple of Guru Kalamandalam Leelamani and Guru Dr. Vasanth Kiran. She has performed in various prestigious stages and festivals like Nishagandhi Dance Festival, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, International Kuchipudi Festival, Chithambaram Kumbabhishekam Festival, South Asian University Festival, Natyanjali Festival Mumbai, Sankramana Festival Bangalore, and many more.


Prof. Maalyada Anand

Prof. Maalyada Anand

Assistant Professor

E-Mail: maalyada.anand@alliance.edu.in

Contact: +91 80 41124619

Prof. Maalyada Anand is a renowned Kuchipudi Dancer with over 20 years of experience in the art form of Kuchipdi. A disciple of Guru "Kalaratna" Smt A. B. Bala Kondala Rao (Bala Akka), Prof. Maalyada Anand holds a Master's Degree in Kuchipudi Dance from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam besides a B.Tech in Computer Sciences from JNTU, Hyderabad.

She is a 'B' Graded Artist of the Doordarshan and is the recipient of a scholarship from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of India. She has extensively toured India and the USA and has performed in major Sabhas in the Country. She has received many awards such as "Singar Mani", "Nalanda Nritya Nipuna", "Natya Kala Saraswathi" etc. Her area of research includes the Histrionics of Aharya in Indian classical dance forms.

Research Papers Presented in Conferences

  1. 'Evolution of the Pedagogical Techniques in Indian Classical Dances', presented at the International Seminar on Theorization and Pedagogy, March 2016, organised by the Faculty of Performing Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Prof. Ramya C.R.

Prof. Ramya C.R.

Assistant Professor

E-Mail: ramya.cr@alliance.edu.in

Contact: +91 80 41124619

A versatile artist, Prof. Ramya C.R. has completed her proficiency exams both in Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in 'Choreography' under the able guidance of the legendary late Guru Smt. Maya Rao and a Master’s Degree in Carnatic music vocal from Bangalore University apart from a Master’s degree in Bharatanatyam from Jain University. She is a 'B' graded artist of Bharatanatyam for Dooradarshan and a 'B' graded vocalist for All India Radio. She has extensively performed and conducted workshops in the U.K., Egypt, Israel, Malta, Tunisia etc. Prof. Ramya is also a sought after vocal accompanist for dance. She has composed and choreographed several dance dramas. Prof. Ramya is a recipient of many awards like Ganakogile, Natya Saraswathi, Aryabhatta, Woman of Excellence and so on. Her research interest is in the area of amalgamation of music and dance.

Research Papers Presented in Conferences

  1. 'Striking a balance between performance and theory in the modern curriculum', presented at the International Seminar on Indian Performing Arts: Theorization and Pedagogy, March 2016, organised by the Faculty of Performing Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Prof. Suchethan Rangaswamy

Prof. Suchethan Rangaswamy

Adjunct Faculty

E-Mail: suchethan.rangaswamy@alliance.edu.in

Contact: +91 80 41124619

Prof. Suchethan Rangaswamy is a versatile singer specialized in singing and music direction (classical and light music), Voice Culturing Techniques, and Event management. He has taught music since 15 years and his students are performing independently and efficiently in various related fields. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree Music and Composing.

He trained under Padmabhushana Vidwan Sri Dr. R. K. Srikantan, Kalaimamani Vidwan Sri P. Unnikrishnan and Karnataka Kalashree Vidushi, Smt. P. Ramaa for Carnatic Vocal and with Ganakalabhushana Vidushi, Smt. Dr. Uma Sudhindra and Vidushi Smt.T. Sharada in Veena.

Some of his achievements are as follows; "A" grade artist for AIR and Doordarshan, National Award for choral group From AIR, Vani Star Award 2012 Sri Vani Education Centre, Bangalore, Distinguished Alumni Award from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of technology, Awarded CARNATICA "MISTER VOICE-2003" a contest where in people from all over South India took part, Head of the Institution Sumadhura Education And Cultural Trust. (R.), Sung for more than 200 ballets of dance for popular dance institutions and dancer gurus, performances abroad in Israel, Malta, Tunisia, Egypt and other foreign countries, sponsored by the ICCR and performed in various cities all over India.

Research paper publications

  1. 'Voice Culture-The Lesse Known Secret', published in Aligning Science and Tradition, November 2015.
  2. 'Voice Culture-The Lesse Known Secret', published in Nada Nartan Journal of Dance and Music, November 2015.