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Rani Angeline David

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Background Information

Employment History

Guru & Christianizing

Guru and Director

Ranidevi

Affiliations

Executive Boards Member
Greater Washington Inc

Founder
Kalairani Natya Saalai

Web References (10 Total References)


Ranidevi

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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.

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Rani Angeline David TRUST
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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".


Smt Rani David is the founder of Kalairani Natya Saalai 15 years ago

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-- Rani David, Guru/Director

Kalairani Natya Saalai (301-439-7264)


ITEMS

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Choreographed by Rani David and staged by KNS

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The concept and lyrics were by Rani David.
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This was an exclusive composition by Rani where jathis are blended with different names of Mother Mary.Music by Shyamsunder.
Kurathi as part of 'Yesu-Yesu-Yesu' with exclusive music recording, an imaginative piece depicted by three characters/generations in gypsy style.The little girl is anxious to see Baby Jesus but misses as the baby is moved away from Bethlehem.The girl is now a teen and hears about Jesus a twelve-year old preaching in the synagogue.She rushes to see have a glimpse of him and misses him again.Years later, now as a lady, she hears about this great 33 year old preacher and plans on meeting him.When she finally does it is again too late for he is crucified.While she breaks down in tears, there is a great flash of light and she sees Him ascend to heaven -- the greatest privilege of seeing him in his divinity.
Padhavarnam on Second Coming at Shirani's arangetram where all the items were on Christian themes, the padhavarnam which is the masterpiece of a recital was carefully selected.Ragam Shankarabaranam it included the Three Angel's Message.
The Five Women in Christ's Life Adapting stories of the five women in Christ's life gave a new dimension to an existing Christian keerthanai.Performed by Rani and later by Edwina.


Smt Rani David is the founder of Kalairani Natya Saalai 15 years ago

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Guru/Artistic Director: Rani David | On the Guru, Rani David

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Guru/Artistic Director: Rani David | On the Guru, Rani David
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About the Guru (Rani David) as given in one of the Arangetram brochures in 1999 ...
Dedicating her life to this art, Smt. Rani David founded Kalairani Natya Saalai (KNS) 15 years ago. She was born into an orthodox Christian family. Her illustrious father, Pastor S. Thomas, was a zealous pioneer who started a religious radio program, Voice of Prophecy. Rani's mother recognized early on, in her four-year old daughter, an exceptional ability to choreograph Indian dances. With the foresight that only a mother can have, she expressed a desire that Rani be given formal training in dance. Pastor Thomas, however, refused to entertain the idea and felt that it would be unethical to pay for a traditionally Hindu art form out of his salary from a Christian mission. Thus, Rani, accompanying her friend to all dance lessons, spent her formative years learning and performing exclusively through her keen powers of observation. Seeing how determined Rani was to pursue her interest and education in this art, her father eventually gave in to the idea of Rani taking lessons on the condition that she finish college, find employment and thereby pay for the lessons herself.
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After years later of childhood acquiescence, with her first paycheck, Rani had her first formal dance lesson with Shri Shanmugasundaram in the Tanjore style and later with Smt Mythili Ragahavan, a direct disciple of Smt.
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Rani studied Nattuvangam under Shri Seetharama Sharma and Shri ‘Adyar' Lakshman.
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Edwina's grandfather, Elder Edwin, congratulated Rani and inquired, "can you stage a full program with only Christian items?" Rani felt challenged -- as if that very admonition had came from her late father.
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To date, Rani, who has a minor in Religious Philosophy, has choreographed more than 300 dances on a variety of themes. To highlight a few Christian items: the five emotions of Mary when Christ was born; the little Kurathi whose life-long desire is to meet Christ hears of his death and then sees Him ascending to heaven; Navarasam, the nine emotions in Christ's life; the recitation of Psalms 23 as an integral element to a dance; Amman-type of dance on Mother Mary; a theme of Psalms 103; dispute between Martha and Mary; Ruth's love story; the story of Samson and many more. And today: a padhavarnam on the 'Second Coming of Christ' and Dasaniyamaha - stories relevant to the Ten Commandments.
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Rani responds 'No.' "As much as I wish to cater to the dreams and desires of my students, there are facets to this wonderful art that are inexplicably entwined with a culture and tradition that I believe are not exclusive to any one religion.


Rani David 1909 ...

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Rani David 1909 Wooded Way Adelphi MD 20783 301-439-7264 kns@ranidevi.com

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