Combining the best of both Eastern and Western teaching methods, I hope to instill in the students a love for dance. The students start in small groups learning the basics – posture, movements, rhythms, gestures from my able staff members under my continuous supervision. As they mature in age and technique, I personally groom them further in developing a deeper understanding of the dance form and enhancing their performance by working on – grace, endurance, sensitivity and presentation. While audio or video tools may be supplementary, I believe in a one – on – one approach much like the oral and visual learning that is the hallmark of my ‘tradition’. – Ramya
Arpana means ‘offering’ in Sanskrit and it is with this spirit of offering dance to the Divine that the school began. Since humble beginnings in 1982, Ramya Harishankar has personally trained several 100 students in this rigorous art form with more than 150 of them ‘graduating’ and performing their dance debut or Arangetram. The teaching follows much in the pattern of the ‘Guru-Shishya’ tradition of yore. The students are not mere enrolees in the school but develop a personal relationship with their teacher over the years, learning many intricacies of the dance form, performance techniques and cultural awareness. Through her school, Ramya has helped build artistic sensitivity, appreciation and understanding of cultural traditions in the community. Her students also acquired physical and mental discipline, strength of character and personalities that have held them in good stead through their high school, college and working careers. Many continue to be a part of the Arpana Dance Company post Arangetram and some have become torchbearers of the form.
“I believe learning a performing art and achieving a certain amount of proficiency requires regular attendance, a good practice schedule, exposure to all dance forms/ dancers, family support, self motivation and an intelligent approach. Even though it may be only an extracurricular activity for many students, the art form itself is no less than any other art or science, requiring years of dedicated mental and physical work. It is a life long journey of growth and learning.” – Ramya
Dr. Nilima Mamtora is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Anaheim, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center and La Palma Intercommunity Hospital. She received her medical degree from N.H.L Municipal Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She is one of 22 doctors at AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center and one of 9 at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital who specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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Welcome to Paru’s! We specialize in the cuisine of South India, where cooks typically use rich spices and aromatic herbs to transform intricate conjurations of vegetables, lentils, and rice into tasty meals that are as fulfilling as they are filling. Masala Dosa, Idli, Uppuma, and Sambar are the mainstays of a style of cooking with which all India, and now much of the rest of the world, has fallen in love.
Paru’s was first established in Washington, D.C., in 1975, after my family had immigrated from India. They wanted to engage in a business that would harmonise with their beliefs and their life-style, and so my father combined his entrepreneurial skills with my mother’s talents in cooking and plunged boldly into the difficult job of keeping a small restaurant running seven days a week. Following the success of that first venture, we moved to California where our present location opened in March of 1979, and we’ve been here on Sunset Boulevard ever since. As more and more people have become aware of the physical, social, spiritual, and environmental benefits of the vegetarian diet, Paru’s has become somewhat of a landmark both to local vegetarians (as well as non-vegetarians who simply like the food!) and to visitors from abroad.
The strict culinary traditions of our ancestors, which my dear parents and I brought with us from India, assure you that every meal at Paru’s is prepared with loving-kindness as well as technical mastery. Our staff is friendly and considerate and has been part of the Paru’s family for many years, and our kitchen is 100% vegetarian. Most of our offerings are vegan as well, except for many of the drinks and desserts which may contain milk products.
Camaraderie, relaxation, a happy stomach, and serenity of the soul–these are the experiences that await you at Paru’s.
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Dr. Prema Kothandaraman is a board certified OB/GYN who serves patients who live in Arcadia, California and many of the surrounding communities. At Hero OB/GYN, the doctor and her staff specialize in the treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, abnormal bleeding, menopause, infertility, and pregnancy. Dr. Kothandaraman offers many services as well including adolescent gynecology, IUDs, and birth control pills. The doctor’s primary area of expertise urogynecology and the treatment of health conditions associated with it. She also gives lectures on urinary incontinence and other bladder issues.
After receiving her medical degree, Dr. Kothandaraman went to Yale University to complete her internship. At Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, the doctor completed her residency. The doctor has worked at many of the most prestigious hospitals and clinics in Florida and California. Now the doctor practices full time in Arcadia, offering her patients the most advanced treatment options available. She is well known and respected by both the public and her peers in the medical community.