Ganesh Arulampalam graduated in Bharata Natyam from the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur in 1990, receiving the award Nrityanjali. He has also learnt and performed Odissi and numerous folk and semi-classical dances. He started dancing when the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur opened in 1981 and has participated in most of TFA’s performances from 1981 till he retired from active performing in 2004.
Ganesh began teaching dance theory at TFA Kuala Lumpur in 1997 and has continued teaching theory at TFA Perth since he moved to Perth in 1999. He has also been involved in training students in drama as required for productions.
Ganesh is an engineer by profession with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, and works as a consultant at Sankhya Consultants as well as a sessional lecturer at ECU.
Besides teaching, Ganesh has kept himself involved in the arts by applying his artistic, technical and professional skills in the arts arena, namely as Master of Ceremony and/or stage manager for TFA Perth’s productions as well as event manager for the Swan Festival of Lights.
Urmylla Radha Krishnan
Urmylla Radha Krishnan started learning Bharata Natyam at the age of 6 and still enjoys dancing today. Over the years, the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) has exposed her to many different dance styles. She has had the pleasure of learning Odissi, Kathak, little bits of Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Contemporary dance. She has taken part in many TFA productions performing these various styles.
Urmylla has also learnt Veena and Carnatic Vocal and performed in TFA’s various music performances.
She graduated from the Temple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur in 1997, soon after which she moved to Perth to complete her university degree. She now works as a cake artist, running her own business, Urmy’s cakes.
Urmylla has been teaching Bharata Natyam theory since 1999 in Perth, and enjoys teaching it. Her main aim for teaching theory is so that her students understand the subtleties of the dance style and will be able to speak confidently about Bharata Natyam.