Bharatanatyam performer and lecturer, Devayani was inspired by
the art, music, poetry and literature of different cultures from
her early childhood. Born in Paris and brought up in a French
provincial aristocracy family she would often attend dance recitals,
theatre shows, music concerts and art exhibitions.
• Her thesis for M.A. being ‘The Asthetics of Theatre and Cinema’.
• She created three dance dramas during her academic studies, one of them
was ‘Le Chant de la Nut’ (The Night Song) portraying the Indian theme
Radha and Krishna’s love.
• She was introduced to India and Bharatanatyam through the films of Louis
Malle before studying Bharatanatyam under Amala Devi and Malavika in Paris.
• Devayani came to India under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme
and received training under eminent Gurus i.e. Ellappa Mudaliar, V.S. Muthuswamy
Pillai, Vempati Chinna Satyam and from (Dr) Balamurali Krishna in Vocal Carnatic
• She gave a number of dance performances in all major cities in India
and abroad which include ‘Narada Gana Sabha Festival’, Chennai, National
Theatre Festivals, ‘Sangeet Natak Academy Festivals’, ‘Kalidasa
Festival of Music and Dance’, ‘Mardol Temple Dance Festival’,
Goa, ‘Haridas Mahotsav’, ‘Mahakumbh Mela’, Allahabad, ‘Haridas
Sangeet Sammelan’, Mumbai, ‘Divisional Utsav’, Gwalior, ‘Federation
of United Nations’, ‘Nuclear Week’ against disarmament at Paris,
Nyori (Switzerland), Bomn, Berlin, Uslo, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, UK, Portugal,
• Devayani has performed a lead role in “America Ammayi” a
Telugu film with a solo Kuchipudi dance. She has made Bharatanatyam as a medium
of hers to express, according to her, “art is the colour of passion, free
flowing saus frontiers”