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Dancer Ponni

  I knew I was different from others. But dance helped me to terms with my sexuality.  

Who I am

Objective

 To obtain a position as a Dance Instructor utilizing my skills to contribute to student success 

Name : PONNI KARRUPASAMY

Age : 39 years

Citizenship : Indian

Job : Classical Dance Trainer

Residence : Chennai

Hometown : Chennai

Address : No: 8/15,3rd Street, Chandrasekhar Nagar, Kodungaiyur.

Phone : +91 9840362205

Email : ponni241@gmail.com

Languagas : Tamil, English

STUDIES:

M.A (Bharatanatyam):Kumararani Meena Muthiah College of Arts & Science Expected to be graduated in 2016

Nattuvangam in Bharatanatyam: Nattuvangam in Bharatanatyam( June 2009 – August 2012 )

MSW (Working on Health & Substance Abuse) : Centre for Social Initiative & Management, Chennai(June 2006 – August 2007 )

Dancing Lower:Government of Tamilnadu Technical Examination, Chennai

Diploma in Bharatanatyam :Government Music School, Tuticorin(July 2002 – June 2004 )

B.Sc (Maths) :VOC College of Arts & Science Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tuticorin (VOC College of Arts & Science Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tuticorin )

ACHIEVEMENT

  • 2010

    Best Achiever Award

    Salem Thaai Trust

  • 2011

    Best Dancer Award

    Avadi Tamil Sangham

  • 2012

    Best Cultural Group Award

    Human Right Committee

  • 2013

    Best Classical Dance

    Born 2 Win

  • 2014

    Outstanding Women Promoting Culture Award

    Global Adjustments from Music Academy

  • 2014

    Manida Neya Kalaimamani Award

    Gold is Gold

  • 2015

    Best Achiever Award

    Tamilnadu Murporkku Ezatthalar Sangam

  • 2015

    Best Cultural Group Award

    Rotary Club

  • 2016

    Best Social Actvist Award

    Pondicherry Tamil Sangam

  • 2016

    Best Dancer Award

    Madras High Court

  • 2016

    Best Dancer Chelleme Award

    Monthly Magazine Chelleme

  • 2016

    Best Dancer Award

    Chennai Rainbow Film Festival

  • 2017

    40 Under 40 - Best Teacher Award

    Indian Express

EXPERIENCES

  • July 2014 – Current (Saturday)

    Classical Dance Trainer

    Niruthalaya Dance School, Thiruchengodu.
    Arangettram - 10 Students

  • July 2014 – Current (Saturday)

    Classical Dance Trainer

    Kavithalaya Dance School, Erode.
    Salagai Poojai - 13 Students
    Arangettram - 6 Students

  • June 2010 – Current (Tuesday & Thursday)

    Classical Dance Trainer

    Sivakalalaya Dance School, Ambattur Branch
    Arangettram - 17 Students

  • January 2010 – Current ( Freelancer )

    Classical Dance Trainer

    Sagodharan – Unit 1 & 2 (NGO), Chennai

  • January 2010 – Current ( Freelancer )

    Classical Dance Trainer

    Madras Christian Council of Social Work (NGO), Chennai

Abhinaya Nrithyalaya

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The clanging of the 'nattuvangam' resonates with the synchronised thumping of more than a dozen pairs of feet. Dressed in purple and blue, the children elbow one another in the cramped room, but they snap to attention when their guru dances to the invocatory song.
The room is small and in a ramshackle tenement, but the clutter does not hamper the passion with which Ponni, a transgender, leads her students. "I want to be as graceful as her," says 12-year-old R Supriya, trying to perfect her mudras in front of the mirrors that line one side of the class.
Located in a slum in Vyasarpadi on the outskirts of Chennai, Abhinaya Nrithyalaya is the outcome of Ponni's 20-year dream. "I've wanted to set up a dance school for slum children since my childhood in Tuticorin when I was rejected by a dance class because it was open only to Brahmin students. I used to secretly stand by the window and watch them dance," recalls Ponni, who underwent a sex reassignment surgery in her 20s.
Ponni's secret hideaway was discovered by the dance teacher who was moved by the young boy's passion and inducted him, much to the dismay of his parents who were anxious about his effeminate behaviour. "I knew I was different from others. Dance helped me come to terms with my sexuality," says Ponni, who completed a BSc in Maths before pursuing a three-year diploma course in Bhartanatyam at the Government Music School in Tuticorin.

GALLARY

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Blog

4 YEARS AGO

Ponni, Transgender Woman Realizes Her Dream Teaching Dance In an Indian Slum

Ponni's service must be appreciated

By Ravindran Vadivelu

4 YEARS AGO

Outdoor Garden Office Working Desk With Laptop

Nattuvangam

Wish Ponni all success in her service to art!!

By Paramesh Waran

3 MONTHS AGO

Outdoor Garden Office Working Desk With Laptop

Nattuvangam

Wish Ponni all success in her service to art!!

By Paramesh Waran

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