The Rajarajeshwari Gurus have a lineage of ancestors dating back to more than two centuries.
|Sri Venkatakrishna Nattuvanar was patronized by the
Maratha Serfoji II of Thanjavur in early 1800. The
second generation of Sri Veeraswamy Nattuvanar and
his sister Chinnaappa Ammal were followed by the
renowned Sri Panchapakesa Nattuvanar who was the
Samasthana Vidwan of Thanjavur and Ramanathapuram
||Rajarajeshwari Kala Mandir was established in
Bombay (Mumbai) by Guru Sri A. T. Govindraj Pillai
in the year 1945. He was assisted by his wife Smt.
||Bharata Vidwan Sri T.P. Kuppiah Pillai, son of
Sri Panchapakesa Nattuvanar and father-in-law of Sri
Govindaraja Pillai, joined Kala Mandir and was the
prime architect of the school.
|Rajarajeshwari, in course of time grew into be
the Premier establishment assisted by Guru Govindraj
Pillaiís sons Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai and Guru
K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai.
Guru Vishal Ramani was initiated into
dance by the senior Guru Kuppiah Pillai.
She was a disciple of Guru Govindaraj
Pillai and Guru Mahalingam Pillai as
well as Smt. Karunambal of Sri Raja
Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir.
||Vishal started the first Bharatanatyam Dance
School Raag Tarang in San Francisco Bay area in
1979. The school then re-emerged as Shri Krupa Dance
Foundation in 1992. Guru Vishal has trained over
1500 students and graduated 120 students. Many have
performed recitals all over the world. Today Shri
Krupa has over 200 students learning Bharatanatyam
and is graduating over 10 students every year.
--- And the legacy continues