Trustees

Arun Kumar Vaddi

Arun's maternal grandparents are the famous movie icons, Gemini Ganesan and Savitri. His paternal grandfather, Hanumantha Rao was a political activist and his grandmother, Balamma, according to Arun, is the best cook in the world.

His father studied Anthropology and his mother is an ACE (American Council of Exercise) certified fitness consultant. Arun's brother Abhinay after having completed 2 MBAs has now entered the realm of films and plays the renowned mathematician Ramanujam in the bilingual (English and Tamil) Biopic of the same name.

A Visual Communication graduate from Loyola College, he started his own Film Production house after a brief stint of working in leading advertising agencies and production houses in Chennai and Mumbai. Within a short time, he had bagged prestigious assignments from leading advertising agencies. His films have also won awards in India. Not wanting to rest on his already acquired laurels, Arun decided to formally study direction and production and was accepted to the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), whose alumni consist of personalities such as George Lucas , Robert Zemeckis , Ron Howard etc.

He has also directed commercials and other films in Hollywood at Universal Studios and directed commissioned work for Adam Martin Films, Radical and Y & R in LA and New York and with Black Magic Motion Pictures in Mumbai. He has also received accreditation at the Tribecca Film Festival in New York as well as Festival De Cannes in France. Arun was also commissioned to script an animation film that is currently in the development stage. He has not limited himself to just the celluloid world but has proved his mettle in the world of Theatre too, by scripting directing mixed media Theatre Presentations that involve dance and music laced with multi-media and other experimental elements. These productions were shown at numerous international venues and gave him the opportunity to attend several seminars and artist exchange programs. Arun has also honed his theatre skills by completing a program in directing and lighting design for theatre in New York.

He heads the Calibre Arts and Media Foundation that is currently working with various artists, teachers and international organizations from around the world to develop a comprehensive Arts and Media curriculum at the school level while he is studying a course in Indian Aesthetics (Philosophy and Art History).

Arun currently lives in Ooty with his two dogs and is working on a project involving tribal cultures. He is also a qualified scuba diver and para-glider.

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 Institute of India. She is also the daughter of the Tamil cinema and theatre personality Mr.Y.Gee.Mahendra.'

A holder of a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication she has also completed her Masters in Education and has worked as the coordinator for the nursery section of the T.P.Road branch of the P.S.B.B. group of schools.

A multi faceted personality that she is, Madhuvanthi has learnt Bharatanatyam from none other than Padma Bhushan Dr.Padma Subrahmaniam and has several dance performances and productions to her credit. Her dance performances have made her travel all over the world including U.S.A., Canada, U.K., Paris and Malaysia.

Madhuvanthi believes in using art to unite the presently fragmented ethos as she sees a lot of commonalities in the culture of Europe and Asia and she genuinely feels that art transcends all barriers. Incidentally she is also the cultural consultant of Bharat Kalachar.

Madhuvanthi Arun has recently given shape to a vision that she's always had, of opening a school on International lines giving the children the freedom to think laterally and naming such a school after her grandmother, the great educationist, Mrs.Y.G.P. On her grandmother's eightieth birthday, this was the intellectual gift that she gave her illustrious grandmother. The school was launched in December 2005 by none other than our President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. This school is located in Mylapore and houses classes from Pre-K.G. to Std 3.

Madhuvanthi Arun looks forward to a future where together with her husband Arun she will take her Trust, The Calibre Educational Foundation forward and set up path breaking educational institutions that will empower students to excel in the changing global scenario.

Website http://www.madhuvanthiarun.com