Renuka is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer who had her advanced training in Madras, India. She trained at Adyar Music College under Pakkirisami Pillai. Later, she received her Diploma in Dance from Nrityashetra School of Dance, where she trained under Kalaimamani Chamundeeswari in the Dandayudapani style of dance. In 2006, Renuka received special recognition and a certificate from the National Foundation for the Endowment of the Arts.
Richa Ranade is currently a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Spanish and Psychology. In the future she plans on attending either medical school or physical therapy school; she hopes to specialize in either pediatrics or sports. At Rutgers University, Richa is a member of Douglass Residential College, and is very involved with the Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking. Richa has been attending Tala Shruti School of Dance since 2000, and in August 2009 completed her Arangetram. In addition to continuing her Bharatanatyam education at Tala Shruti School of Dance, Richa teaches beginner and intermediate classes on weekends at Tala Shruti School of Dance
Though she has moved around quite a bit, the one constant in Deepti’s life since the young age of 3 years has been dance class. She had the opportunity to try out different dance styles and schools within Bharatnatyam, so it was easy to realize right away that Tala Shruti was the right school for her once she moved to the US from India and met Renuka Srinivasan. Deepti performed her Arangetram in 2005 after 4 years in training with Tala Shruti and has credited Renuka Aunty’s efforts in helping her win a 2007 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS Honorable Mention award for World Dance. Since then, she has focused on expanding her dance repertoire and began teaching beginner classes at Tala. The most fulfilling thing about her new role is the amazement that comes from how much she continues to learn about dance from her curious and enthusiastic young students.