Kumari Jwala Priyadarshini Rejimon, the founding member of Nrityapriya Fine Arts Inc., completed her Arangetram in August of 2015 with her guru Smt. Mangala Anand, who teaches the Vazhuvoor style of Bharatanatyam. After the completion of her Arangetram, Jwala proceeded to learn under the esteemed Guru Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao, alumni of Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts and direct disciple of Guru ‘Padma Bhushan’ Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale. Jwala also learns from the Kalakshetra Professor, Smt. Nityakalyani Vaidhyanathan, who was the disciple of the celebrated Abinaya exponent Guru ‘Padma Bhushan’ Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, for over 30 years. Jwala’s dancing has also been groomed by Guru Smt. Rhadha Ramanathan, the younger sister in the dancing duo of Kamala and Rhadha, who were taught by Vazhuvoor Ramaiyah Pillai and featured in several 1900’s films. Jwala’s vigorous training paid off as she went on to perform at various prestigious sabhas in Chennai, including Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, R.K. Swamy Auditorium, and T.N. Rajarathnam Pillai Auditorium. She also received the opportunity to perform at the Karur Natyanjali Festival and at the esteemed platform of the Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival, where she received many praises as a young and upcoming artist. Jwala was also featured and broadcast live on the Nadaneerajanam series at Thirupathi, and has been featured on Kalaignar TV twice as part of their Natya Utsavam series. In 2016, Jwala became a prizewinner of the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Bharathanatyam Competition, thus winning her a place in the 2017 Srimad Bhagavatham dance productions. She took a break from Purdue University for one semester to go to India and participate actively in the production rehearsals and the tour, as well as to refine her solo dancing with a focused and vigorous approach. The Srimad Bhagavatham tour gave Jwala the opportunity to bond with several other dancers in the production, most of whom were from Chennai. The influence of her guru’s and her love for dance have inspired Jwala to aim towards spreading knowledge and a love for classical arts throughout the younger generations of Indian children who grow up in America without much exposure to the richness of Indian culture.
Jwala did her Bharatanatyam Arangetram on 15 Aug 2015 at Zionsville performing arts center in Indiana, USA. It was done under the auspices of Smt.Mangala Anand with live musicians from India. This solo debut program was two and half hours long and was attended by about 700 people. Sri. V V Sundaram (Cleveland Thyagaraja festival, Cleveland, OH) graced the occasion as chief guest long with guest of honors Smt. Hema Rajagopalan (Natya dance theatre, Chicago, IL) and Sri. K P Singh (K P Singh Designs, Indianapolis, IN).
Jwala started learning Bharatanatyam when she was about 7 years old with Smt. Subha Prasanna in Fishers, Indiana. Smt. Subha was a passionate teacher and she played a huge role in motivating Jwala to practice and improve her dancing. After about a year, Smt. Subha moved away from Indiana, and Jwala started learning from Smt. Vrinda Sunil. Jwala was the first student of Smt. Vrinda’s Natyalaya School of Arts, which started in 2007. At this school, Jwala learned Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, and Carnatic Sangeetham. She soon started to perform on a regular basis and eventually began to compete in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. Mrs. Vrinda played a large role in nurturing Jwala’s love for dance, and helped her become comfortable performing on stage. Jwala performed regularly and won many regional competitions for five years until the age of 12. At this time, Jwala joined Smt. Mangala Anand to further her advancement in Bharatanatyam. Smt. Mangala teaches Vazhuvoor style Bharatanatyam, which was a change from Jwala’s previous style of dancing. Smt. Mangala studied dance from the renowned Guru Bharata Shiromani, Smt. Padmini Ramachandram, and also from the prominent Guru Shingaramani, Smt. B Bhanumati. Smt. Mangala is a passionate dancer as well as a strict perfectionist, and she has inspired Jwala to think of incorporating dance into her career rather than just doing it as a hobby. She also firmly believes in imparting her knowledge of Indian Classical Dance to young aspiring artists through her dance school Nritya Bharathi.