Coventry Tamil Welfare Association

கொவன்றி தமிழர் நலன் புரி சங்கம்
Coventry Tamil Welfare Association

Hon Lady Godiva

Coventry, situated in the Midlands, is one of the ancient cities in England. World famous playwright William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, which is approximately thirty miles Southwest of Coventry. It is an industrial city and home for several inventions and productions. The very popular Jaguar car company is based here. Frank Whittle, who invented the Jet Engine, was born here too.

This city is world famous for our Lady Godiva's life story, which happened back in the thirteenth century and bringing meaning to the history and great heritage of the City, we still celebrate it every year in the streets of Coventry. The Godiva sprit, a timeless message of caring, unity and empowerment, stimulation and a smile for those in need of friendship - symbolises the humanity of mankind.

BHARATHANATYAM AND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

It was a magical world that I stepped into. One that was filled with musicality, serenity and divinity. As I threaded down the path of my Arangetram, little did I realise that at the end of it, the world of dance would have become part of me.
Since I could remember, I had always imagined myself performing my Arangetram whenever I attended one. Finally, with Gods grace I had the privilege to do so with Apsara teacher. She is one who personifies love and dedication to dance. When I try to make a list of things that I learnt from her, that list becomes endless. All I can tell you is that today I not only look at dance, but music, art, and culture with new eyes. It was she who opened that door into this magical world.-> -> -> M O R E

Teachers

Since its inception in 2002, CTALA has developed relationships with a diverse group of freelance musicians and dancers with varying skills, discipline areas, genres of focus and levels of experience. These talented and inspiring artists are at the heart of what the activities we do in CTALA. They have presented performances, delivered educational work and generally supported the work of CTALA. Our sincere thanks to their ongoing dedication and hard work.

ABOUT THE DANCER Smt KOPAL VEDAM

Initiated into Kuchipudi at the age of seven under the able guidance of Voleti Rangamani (Director of Abhinaya ABOUT THE DANCER Smt KOPAL VEDAM Initiated into Kuchipudi at the age of seven under the able guidance of Voleti Rangamani (Director of Abhinaya Darpana Arts Academy), Kopal has also been trained under eminent gurus like Dr Anuradha Jonnalagadda, Dr Aruna Bhikshu, Sri. Madabhushanam Badrinath and Smt. Deepika Reddy with overall experience of more than two decades as a professional dancer and a performer. Apart from mastering the traditional repertoire, she has also learnt the rare art of picture painting dance. A postgraduate in Performing Arts (Kuchipudi Dance) from University of Hyderabad, India, recipient of a scholarship for young artists of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and author of a book - Dancing Doras (on tribes of Andhra Pradesh), Kopal has travelled extensively in India and overseas. Her well executed rhythmic patterns; scintillating nritta & lively abhinaya have always won appreciation from dance critics. She also has been awarded with titles Nrithya Shiromani by Government of Orissa and Natya Saardhi by Nataraj Music and Dance Academy, Vizag. Arts Academy), Kopal has also been trained under eminent gurus like Dr Anuradha Jonnalagadda, Dr Aruna Bhikshu, Sri. Madabhushanam Badrinath and Smt. Deepika Reddy with overall experience of more than two decades as a professional dancer and a performer. Apart from mastering the traditional repertoire, she has also learnt the rare art of picture painting dance.

A postgraduate in Performing Arts (Kuchipudi Dance) from University of Hyderabad, India, recipient of a scholarship for young artists of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and author of a book - Dancing Doras (on tribes of Andhra Pradesh), Kopal has travelled extensively in India and overseas. Her well executed rhythmic patterns; scintillating nritta & lively abhinaya have always won appreciation from dance critics. She also has been awarded with titles Nrithya Shiromani by Government of Orissa and Natya Saardhi by Nataraj Music and Dance Academy, Vizag.

Kopal has moved to UK post marriage and have been performing regularly thereafter. Some of her notable performances in UK includes An evening of dance at Nehru Centre, Dance Sabha- Southern Bells by Sampad at Midlands Arts Centre, Bicycle With Barefoot Project commissioned by Yorkshire City Council as part of famous Tour De France, Unknown Becomes Known - A tribute to the Indian Soldiers participated in the First World War, Leeds. A HR Advisor by profession and a dancer by passion, she is teaching Kuchipudi dance at Coventry Tamil Academy of Language & Arts (CTALA), where she trains the new generation of dancers.

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