Transforming Artists and Being Transformed by Them

Ahila Devi Vigneswaran

Artistic Director

Kalaichudarmani Ahila Devi Vigneswaran has acquired advanced degrees in the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and the Carnatic Music and Associate Foundation course from Madurai Kamaraj University and the Government of Tamil Nadu. She trained under Guru Balasubulakshmi and Guru Vasanthakumari. She has over 30 years experience as a teacher of Bharatanatyam with over 500 performances to her credit. She served as an official examiner at Tamil Nadu Government Music College and as an active mentor for Bharatanatyam grade exams at the Annamalai University of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. She holds the world record for performing the longest Indian folk concert lasting for 43 hours. She has taught workshops in Sri Lanka and is fluent in Tamil, English and Sinhala.

Ahila leads the development of curriculum for School Program and Dance Academy students. She also choreographs Company productions and performances for specific audiences.

 

Devika Dhir

Program Manager

Devika Dhir joined Kalapriya in 2016 as a Company Dancer, performing and teaching the classical Indian dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kathak.  She completed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram in July 2017.  In 2017 she began serving as Kalapriya’s Program Manager.  In her role as Program Manager, Devika manages, coordinates, evaluates, and grows Kalapriya’s School Programs and Dance Academy classes.  Devika supervises and oversees the Teaching Artists for School and Community Programs and Instructors for the Dance Academy.

Before joining the Kalapriya staff, Ms. Dhir worked as a technical consultant in software implementation, technical sales, and process engineering roles.  She holds an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Physics from Berry College.  She is currently pursuing an MS in Marketing Analytics at Illinois Institute of Technology.  She is passionate about applying her varied technical expertise and penchant for data-driven decision-making to her creative passions at Kalapriya.