Correspondent

Madhuvanthi Arun

MADHUVANTHI ARUN is the granddaughter of the eminent educationist Dr. Mrs.Y.G.Parthasarathy and Late Shri. Y.G.Parthasarathy, a pioneer of social themes in Tamil theatre and the former Principal of the Film and Television Institiute of India. She is the daughter of Tamil cinema and theatre personality Mr.Y.Gee.Mahendra. Her uncle is the famous "Super star" Mr. Rajinikanth.

She is an acclaimed Bharatanatyam student of the eminent Padma Bhushan Dr. Padma Subramaniyam. Madhuvanthi has performed solo in India and all over the world including U.S.A, Canada, U.K, France and Malaysia before she started touring the world with her group.

Madhuvanthi Arun is a versatile young artiste who is a blend of skill in dance, theatre and visual communication. She has been hailed as an artist bubbling with enthusiasm which she has happily blended with her choreographic skills in her various productions. She is the cultural consultant of Bharat Kalachar. She has several productions to her credit. The most recent one being "Tamizh" which is an attempt to explore the organic and multidimensional nature of culture by setting up an artistic equivalent in the form of free exchange between ancient, traditional and contemporary media. A collage of traditional dance, feature film, music, video and educational material is brought together to entertain and inform. "Shakthi" based on the 50's classical " Wait until dark " is her recent theatre production. The highlight in Shakthi is the brilliant use of the revolving stage - a new concept in Tamizh theatre. Madhuvanthi considers Shakthi as a tribute to her father, Mr.YG Mahendra and grandfather, Mr.YG Parthasarthy who started this troupe in 1952. This is to establish the fact that the torch of Tamil theatre would be passed on to the next generation, who shall continue to spread the rich heritage of Indian art across the world.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Communication and a Masters degree in Education. A travel buff, she has held several workshops where she has lectured on the usage of innovative methodologies of teaching which includes usage of creative drama, dance and mime to make lessons interesting for children.

Madhuvanthi Arun during her extensive travel abroad has imbibed the essence of the teaching methodology there which is based on a dynamic system of activity oriented teaching and participative learning. She is now the Managing Trustee of Calibre Educational Foundation, an Organization, she co-founded with her husband, Mr. Arun Kumar., to impart quality education employing "State of the art" scientific and effective international systems and methodologies of education.

Under the auspices of Calibre Educational Foundation, she started "Mrs YGP Pre School and Nursery and the Calibre Academy where she puts up into practice all that she has absorbed from her extensive travel. At Calibre, the class rooms have been replaced by specific learning stations with the students moving from one learning station to the other, which are in turn structured on the lines of specific subject labs. This is a progressive shift from the current methods that are sedentary and monotonous. Calibre is the first to provide a smart "touch screen" board for the children in order to facilitate reinforcement of all the learning that happens in the various learning stations in a creative and interesting manner.

Madhuvanthi and her husband Arun contributed towards the campaign "PETRAAL DHAAN PILLAYA" launched by Dr Kamala Hassan on World Aids Day in association with Population services International. This campaign sponsors the medical insurance of HIV infected orphaned children of Tamil Nadu. Madhuvanthi presented a cheque worth Rs. 3, 75, 000 to Dr. Kamala Hassan sponsoring the medical insurance of 500 of these children.

Madhuvanthi Arun today stands on the threshold of a future which beckons to her with a lot of promise in it.