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1 An Exhibition of Art based on Music & Dance December 9-13, 2001

2 What We Already Know About Ramani... (At Least, What We Thought We Knew about him)

3 Wedding Set Design... … very Creative, Simple and Striking… Elegant without being Expensive… (his work) Doesnt Steal the Limelight away from the Event… very easy to work with - NOT Temperamental and Open to Suggestions! - (Enfield) Smt. Gomathi Viswanathan … a Pioneer in Wedding Set Design…very Creative and Original….Simple but Elegant - Conveys a Lot with a Little…Doesnt allow Time or Money to get in the way of the Result…(has) the Right Touch! - Hema Ramkumar, Fashion Designer … Designed ALL the artwork for (my) Daughters Wedding - (right from) the Wedding Cards, the entry arches, (to) the Wedding Stage… Blended various Shades of his Artistic Sensibilities - Very Tasteful and Aesthetic… (a) Reflection of (his) innate goodness… Everyone (was) amazed at (his) ability to bring out the latent beauty (in) very ordinary materials - sense of Freshness and Nature! - Nandini Ramani, Bharata Natyam Exponent and Dance Critic

4 Wedding Sets… Wedding Sets… Nandhini Ramani - Daughters wedding Note the Flower Thombais Gomathi Viswanath - Daughters wedding Note the Coordinated Kasiyatrai Set Wedding Entrance Decorated using Plantain Stalks

5 Music Set Design... Music Sets For Chennais Leading Sabhas Music Sets For Chennais Leading Sabhas Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Krishna Gana Sabha… Music Organizations Music Organizations Kala Mandir Trust… Corporate Sponsored Shows Corporate Sponsored Shows Satyam Infoway (SIFY) Sponsored Carnatic Music Live Webcast - Featuring Sudha Raghunathan TransWorld Sponsored Music Chennai (2000) Featuring UnniKrishnan & Shankar Mahadevan Samudaya Foundation Orissa Relief Fund Gujarat Earthquake Fund HMV Carnatic Music Festivals Sterling Resorts - Heritage Kala Utsav Book Release Functions - Music Today, and Anitha Ratnam

6 Music Set Design... … (hes) done the interiors of The Music Academys Main Hall… discusses the Concept with me… (then) expands on it… Very Much Appreciated by ALL of our Members… (so much so) weve asked him to Design the Stage for our 75th Anniversary Celebrations!!! … (hes) done the interiors of The Music Academys Main Hall… discusses the Concept with me… (then) expands on it… Very Much Appreciated by ALL of our Members… (so much so) weve asked him to Design the Stage for our 75th Anniversary Celebrations!!! - T. T. Vasu, Music Academy … wonderful human being… knows how to give artistes the respect they need… friendly, respectful - yet is able to offer suggestions… Backdrop Ramani… effervescent, but in a quiet way… Extremely Simple but Creative… always very Down to Earth, but Right On the Mark - Blends with the theme… Ive seen some of his paintings… Suggested that he should have an Exhibition… A Dream Come True! … wonderful human being… knows how to give artistes the respect they need… friendly, respectful - yet is able to offer suggestions… Backdrop Ramani… effervescent, but in a quiet way… Extremely Simple but Creative… always very Down to Earth, but Right On the Mark - Blends with the theme… Ive seen some of his paintings… Suggested that he should have an Exhibition… A Dream Come True! - Sudha Raghunathan, Carnatic Vocalist

7 Music Sets… Music Sets… Sudha Raghunathan in Concert Live WebCast on Sify.Com Please note the Stained Glass Effect Stage Music Academy Stage Design based on Logo Using Ikat

8 Dance Set Design... Dance Sets For Chennais Leading Sabhas Dance Sets For Chennais Leading Sabhas Music Academy, Narada Gana Sabha, Krishna Gana Sabha… Dance Organizations/Festivals Dance Organizations/Festivals Kala Mandir Trust Chidambaram Natyanjali (Since 1998) Fine Arts Foundation Lakshaya Dance Festival at Music Academy Dharani Kalotsav (Cochin) Sangeet Natak Academy Props for Dance Dramas Props for Dance Dramas Dhananjayans Bharata Kalanjali - Thyagaraja Vaibhavam and Sanghamitra (Late) S. K. Rajaratnams USA Tour - Meenakshi Kalyanam Drama - Nandini Ramanis Sanskrit Play (Anarkali) and Ballet (Kuravanji) Stage Décor for Seminars Stage Décor for Seminars Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanans Dance Seminar Shruti s Seminar on Nattuvanar Tradition

9 Dance Set Design…(Contd.) … ALL Stage Performances of the Kala Mandir Trust… very Creative, Simple and Striking… (his work) Doesnt Steal the Limelight away from the Event… very easy to work with - Not Temperamental and Open to Suggestions! - (Enfield) Smt. Gomathi Viswanathan … Fully Blossomed Art by himself… ideas of ancient and modern cultures… without losing the importance of Traditions… For any Abstract, he will give a real or live exposure… Not Only an Artist, But a Creator! - Krishnaswamy, Narada Gana Sabha … a Great Feel for Aesthetics… rare person who has Talent and Humility - (his) constant quest for improvement… (hes) honed, refined and polished (his talent) like a gem… and like a gem, its multifaceted… Deep involvement in All Cognate Art Forms and Cognate Disciplines enriches them all… gives him a wide and deep vision… (a) Key Attribute of Greatness! - Padmashri Chitra Visweshwaran, Bharata Natyam Exponent

10 Innovations in Dance Set Design... Collapsible Dance Props for Individual (NRI) Dancers Collapsible Dance Props for Individual (NRI) Dancers Canada* - Menaka Thakkar (Ramayana), Lata Pada Special Mention - Harish (Narasimha Avataram) - Usage of Thombai for Pillar USA* - Aparna Ramaswamy, Vidya Subramanian, Ratna Papa… UK - Pushkala Gopal, Dr. Ghosh (Student of Chitra Visweshwaran)… Singapore - Neela Satyalingam… International Forums - Cleveland Cultural Alliance - ABHYASA International Forums - Cleveland Cultural Alliance - ABHYASA Collapsible Props for Dance Productions Presented in 25 Cities - Across USA and Canada

11 Dance Sets… Dance Sets… Abhyasa Dance Set Note Collapsible Props Krishna Gana Sabha Natya Kala Conference

12 Dance Costume Design... … from the first impression… (our ideas) Blended so Well… (made me feel) Very Comfortable… able to Expand on a Theme (with) Minimum Guidelines… Very Responsible and Responsive! - Bhanupriya, Film Star and Dancer … very soft-spoken… hides a very Intense, Observant and Creative Artist… able to juxtapose Traditional Looking Props with Contemporary Materials… Fine Sense of Color, Texture & Fabric… Looks at ALL Elements of a Production… Props are Designed with Excellent Visualization of Music & Dance Movements… (hes) Synonymous with Quality and Aesthetics! - Anita Ratnam, Dancer and Cultural Activist … very Quiet and Unassuming… very Receptive… very Good Listener … puts me at ease - very important when youre trying to convey an artistic image…Aware of Budgets (but) Doesnt Compromise on Creativity - Always Exceeds Expectations… Engenders Trust… (I) Treasure his Friendship! - Priyadarshini Govind, Bharata Natyam Exponent

13 Dance Costumes… Costume Design for Tarkash Mughal/Islamic Theme Bharata Natyam Costume

14 Film Art Design… Film Art Appreciation Course Film Art Appreciation Course Swati Thirunal (Malayalam) Swati Thirunal (Malayalam) Asst. Art Director to Krishnamurthy Krishnamurthy on Ramani …Very Good in Design for Sets…Tremendous potential as a Designer… Excellent Eye for Color Schemes - especially for Traditional/Period Costumes… (I) Would love to work with him again…

15 Television Set Design… DD National Programmes of Dance DD National Programmes of Dance Lakshmi Knight, Chitra Visweshwaran,The Narasimhacharis Anita Ratnams Independence Day - Dance Ballet Childrens Day Programme Radhika Shurjits Ballet TV Programs TV Programs GoodKnights Face to Face (Sun TV) Khushboo Shivaranjani Srinidhi Rangarajans Dance Program (Vijay TV) Shivanjali Music & Dance Program (Vijay TV) Talk Show for Madan (Jaya TV) Radhika Shurjit, Creative Dancer/Choreographer - TV, Film Radhika Shurjit, Creative Dancer/Choreographer - TV, Film … Very Intense but Tasteful… Simple and Wonderful human being, which is Reflected in his Work… (When you see his work) the Focus is the Art, Not the Artist… I see Music, Dance, and Movement in his work - Even in his Paintings!

16 Textile/Fabric Design... Lalit Kala Akademi - Batik Exhibition Lalit Kala Akademi - Batik Exhibition DCM DCM 3 Years - Textile Designer for Dress Materials, Furnishings, Sarees Radha Silk Emporium (RASI) Radha Silk Emporium (RASI) In-House Designer Sarees - Printed and Woven Salwar Kameez Designs for Collections & Exhibitions Printed & Woven Sarees with Folk Motifs B&W Collection - Block Printed Sarees Paavadi/Dhavani/Blouse Revival Collection Display Design - Shop Floor Displays Mayuri Boutique Mayuri Boutique Sun Signs Collection - Printed Sarees based on Zodiac Signs Saree - Sun Signs Collection

17 Introducing Ramani - The Renaissance Man (Or What you Didnt Know about him)

18 Corporate Sector Logo Design Logo Design Viswapriya Finance Enfield Agrobase Event Management Event Management HMV Carnatic Music Festivals Sanmar Group Dinners - Dinner Settings Sanmar Group Dinners - Dinner Settings CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Partnership Summit (Jan 98) CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Partnership Summit (Jan 98) Designed Stalls & Settings Interior Decoration Interior Decoration Citiband Shelters Office Blues Power - Alsa Mall

19 The Teacher... National Institute of Design (NID) National Institute of Design (NID) 1 Year as A Full-Time Faculty Member Taught Textile Design Visiting Faculty Visiting Faculty MGR Engg College - B. Arch. Program - Freehand Drawing Stella Maris College - B. A. (Fine Arts) - Block Printing NIFT - Course on World Art Appreciation

20 The Journalist… (A Selection) Art Reviews, Articles & Profiles Art Reviews, Articles & Profiles Shimmer of Gold & Silver - The Hindu (06/11/1988) The Art Page - Feature Column - TRENDS OPUS (Since 1991) The Queen of Hearts - Aside (15/11/1995) Still-life in Lines - The Indian Express (26/07/1997) Art & Dance Critic Art & Dance Critic TRENDS OPUS The Indian Express Ananda Vikatan Nunkalai Illustrations for Articles & Features Illustrations for Articles & Features The Indian Express Ananda Vikatan

21 The Musician... Proficiency in Classical Vocal Proficiency in Classical Vocal Carnatic Classical Tutelage by Mrs. Shrimati Brahmanandam Prof. Dr. S. Ramanathan Hindustani Classical Training Music Performances Music Performances Light Music Group - Performances in Delhi Vocal Accompaniment for Dance Anitha Rathnam Srikant (Disciple of Dr. Padma Subrahmaniam)

22 Ramani - A Man Ahead of His Times (He Marches to a Different Drummer - Even for an Artist )

23 Fabric Design… Appliqued Bedspreads & Fun Cushions Appliqued Bedspreads & Fun Cushions Shrushti - Bed Covers, Painted Planters & Furniture (Sept. 85) Kid Décor - Exhibition at Shakshi Gallery (Apr. 87) Lalit Kala Akademi - Batik Exhibition Lalit Kala Akademi - Batik Exhibition Exhibition of Batik Wall Hangings and Sarees (Feb. 83) Designer Collection of Thombais Designer Collection of Thombais Exhibition in Chennai (Dec. 97) Appliqued Bedspread

24 Cork As A Medium of Expression… FIRST ARTIST (in the World) TO USE CORK AS A MEDIUM FIRST ARTIST (in the World) TO USE CORK AS A MEDIUM Cork Assemblages - Exhibition at Sakshi Gallery (Aug 89) Exhibition of Murals and Collages Exhibition was a Sellout - Pieces ranged from Rs ,000/- Dhananjay Bhatt - Partner, Cork Industries Dhananjay Bhatt - Partner, Cork Industries First in the World to Use Cork as an Art Medium Brought out this exhibition (25 Murals and Collages) in Record Time (45 Days)! … happened to mention (this) to him… possibly be the First in the World to Use Cork as an Art Medium… pushed him to work the fastest possible… Brought out this exhibition (25 Murals and Collages) in Record Time (45 Days)!

25 Cork...

26 Thombai Mela Tradition Tradition Always on a White Background Common Uses - Temples, Dance/Drama, Marriages No Utility Other than Beauty Ramanis Innovations - Balance of Beauty & Utility Ramanis Innovations - Balance of Beauty & Utility Bright Colors and Motifs - e.g. Bandhini Prints, etc. Extended Usability - Includes Offices & Homes Maintainable - Collapsible, Cloth Removable & Washable Attractive Gifts - Because of Easy Portability Small pieces…exquisite colors…lamp shades…glow rendered…even more resplendent…(Ramani) an artist for whom innovation in everything is imperative! –Malathi Rangarajan, Columnist, The Hindu (Dec 19, 97) …such a sincere and honest person… comes through in his work… (Ramani believes that) the Art is its own reward… (his) Problem is that hes So Good at So Many Things!! –Shanta Guhan, Art Connoiseur The credit for the Thombai Mela idea goes to Shanta Guhan –V. V. Ramani, Artist Extraordinaire!

27 Ramani - The Artist (How Could he be a Renaissance Man Without Being an Artist???)

28 Murals… Design & Execution of Murals in Cork Design & Execution of Murals in Cork Cork Assemblages - Sakshi Gallery ( 89) Private Clients Design & Execution of Murals in Cement Design & Execution of Murals in Cement SIPCOT - M. S. Swaminathan Foundation Residence of Mr. Basu John (Poes Garden, Near Rajnikaths Residence) Cork Mural -Kutcheri

29 Collages… Exhibited Collages at: Exhibited Collages at: Cork Assemblages - Exhibition at Sakshi Gallery (89) Regional Art Exhibition - Lalit Kala Akademi (Chennai 92) Annual Art Exhibition - Chitra Kala Parishad (Bangalore 92) Annual Exhibition - Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu (97) Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu - Senior Artist Award Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu - Senior Artist Award State Level Award - Presented by the Governor Commemorating 50th Year of Independence Citation and Cash Award Paper Collage NAVARASA …unlike many collage artists, Ramani works with a definite end image as a goal… journey literally papered with every kind of image… Yet in all the Madness of swirling, colorful, even bizarre images, there is the Method of Final Creation! –Pushpa Chari, Columnist, The Hindu (Mar 13, 98) Cork Collage -Flower basket

30 And Now … Margazhi Moments (Or as Ramani Puts it… His First Love)

31 Ramani at Work...

32 Paintings… One Man Show One Man Show Painting & Graphics (Chennai 1978) Exhibitions: Exhibitions: Atul National Exhibition of Art (Gujarat 1982) Third Rashtriya Kala Mela (New Delhi 1985) Madan - Cartoonist & Columnist Madan - Cartoonist & Columnist Like Picasso, he Can Create Art with Very Little and Very Ordinary Materials!!! … know him for over 20 years…WE Pioneered Illustrations in Ananda Vikatan… Excellent Illustrations…keeps a very low profile... Extraordinary Talent with a Catholic Approach… very original work… very aware of budgets… Like Picasso, he Can Create Art with Very Little and Very Ordinary Materials!!! Adimoolam - Artist Adimoolam - Artist … very Talented and Creative Artist… Extremely Versatile… Murals… Cork… Thombai… very good taste & sense of aesthetics… Very Knowledgeable and Excellent Art Critic! Ramani… On Ramani Ramani… On Ramani Im a bit of everything, that everybody thinks… But, Id like to be known as an Artist and a Fine Human Being!

33 Ramani on Margazhi Moments... Why this Exhibition Why this Exhibition Ive been missing my paintings now… been doing a lot of other art…thought Ill get back to brush and paint! Why Portraits on Music & Dance Why Portraits on Music & Dance I have a Strong Love of Music & Dance… Portraits per se as a medium not very common now… you see more of Abstracts and Compositions. Why Margazhi Moments Why Margazhi Moments Margazhi, Music & Madras Margazhi is a Month of Activity in Madras for Music & Dance - Margazhi, Music & Madras … enough said!

34 Ramanis Head Cheerleader (Who has Always Been Aware of His Talent)

35 Mrs. Ramani… …Ramanis very fortunate to have her in his life… words or compliments cannot describe her contribution… in my opinion, (Ramanis) work is dedicated to Hema… (She is) Ramanis Muse! - Padmashri Alarmel Valli, Bharata Natyam Exponent … (this) Presentation would NOT be possible or complete without mentioning Hema… (Shes) Ramanis Torch-Bearer! - Priyadarshini Govind, Bharata Natyam Exponent … (I) cannot think of Ramani without Hema… (theyre) like ArdhaNareeshwara!!! - (Enfield) Smt. Gomathi Viswanathan … Artistic Flair of an Industrious Couple… Creative Couple - Malathi Rangarajan, The Hindu, Jan 24, 2000

36 Acknowledgements

37 Mrs. & Mr. Ramani Thank... All the People & Artistes Involved in this Presentation for giving us their Invaluable Time and Kind Words All the People & Artistes Involved in this Presentation for giving us their Invaluable Time and Kind Words The Media & Press for their Gracious Presence & Coverage The Media & Press for their Gracious Presence & Coverage Vinyasa Art Gallery and Music Academy Vinyasa Art Gallery and Music Academy Mrs. & Mr. S. Thyagarajan, (S. Thyagarajan & Co., Mylapore) Mrs. & Mr. S. Thyagarajan, (S. Thyagarajan & Co., Mylapore) Mr. V. Srinivasan (Murali), Nanganallur Mr. V. Srinivasan (Murali), Nanganallur Mrs. Kalpana & Ramnath, Nandanam Mrs. Kalpana & Ramnath, Nandanam Our Families Our Families And Last But Not Least: And Last But Not Least: Munuswamy & his team of Carpenters Sarangan Flower Shop Chella Video Chandrashekhar

38 For Copies & Enquiries VIJAY SAI Principal Consultant & COO Sai Business Consultants Raj Nivas 37/2, Vijayraghavachari Road T. Nagar, Madras Phone: Cell: HomePage:


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