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Subha J Rao
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Chatline Jayanthi Ramachandra finds creative fulfilment in both dance and textiles, writes Subha J Rao

By day, she creates exquisite bed linen. In the evenings, she teaches children mudras and jathis in the Vazhuvoor bani. Jayanthi Ramachandra has found a way to balance her two passions — dance and design.

Jayanthi remembers being mesmerised when, for the first time, she watched Kumari Kamala dance. The expressions, verses and the fleeting movements for Naadhar Mudi Mel, Theeradha Vilayaatu Pillai and the thillana were etched in her consciousness.

“She's my biggest influence and inspiration,” says Jayanthi, managing director of VTX Industries Limited and Seshraj Apparels Private Limited.

She was born into a family that loved music and dance and moved to Madras to train under Balasaraswathi.

As she learnt adavus , she played dhaayam and anju kal with Balaamma who would set aside delicious thaalicha saapadu in a kinnam for little Jayanthi.

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