ArtSpire is an Arts Management company based in India, specialising in the development and management of artistic initiatives.

We are a team of professionals with deep understanding of, and passion for, the arts. We work with arts organisations, venues and artists, supporting them to develop, implement and sustain their artistic initiatives. We understand the challenges facing the arts sector and provide practical and customised advisory and consultation, based on our collective experience in the field.

We provide support across strategy, programming, communications, and operations. To learn more about the specific services we offer please click here.

Our Team

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Ramya Rajaraman

Founder & Director

Ramya is a Marketing and Communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in Brand Communication, Social Media Marketing, Arts Management & Public Relations. A performing arts connoisseur, Ramya derives great inspiration from the artistic creations of others. She founded ArtSpire to support arts and culture organisations and artistes, with professional expertise in specific management areas.

Previously, Ramya was the Project Director at Inception Business Services, a marketing consulting firm in Chennai, where she was responsible for developing and executing marketing communication strategies for brands across various sectors. Prior to that, Ramya led the Resource Mobilization efforts at NalandaWay Foundation, an arts-based non-profit that works with disadvantaged children. Ramya is currently a Trustee of NalandaWay Foundation.

Ramya began her career in Public Relations with over 6 years experience in managing PR campaigns for Institutions and MNCs, in USA, Bangalore and Chennai. Ramya has a Masters degree in Communications from Portland State University, Oregon, USA.

Ramya loves travelling, is a passionate foodie and a yoga enthusiast.

Varsha Kumar

Programme Manager

If dance is Varsha’s first love, then her experience as a Yoga instructor would claim second place. A chemical engineer with a PGDM from LIBA (Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai), Varsha has been classically trained in Bharathanatyam under the tutelage of the illustrious Kalaimamani Smt. Ranganayaki Jayaraman, director of Sri Saraswati Gana Nilayam, the 78-year old classical performing art institution in Chennai. She has also trained under Smt. Padmini Krishnamurthy, a senior disciple of Smt. Ranganayaki Jayaraman who is the director of Sri Saraswati Natyalaya, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Varsha has performed at various dance festivals as a soloist, as well as part of group productions in cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Muscat and USA.

She started her career as a Senior Research Analyst at a consulting firm in Chennai, where she interacted with various prolific clients such as Dow Chemicals, Phillip Morris International, P&G and more. Having specialized in marketing during her post graduation, she further honed her skills with short stints at start-ups. She also comes with prior experience in arts event management, having managed multiple performing arts events in a professional capacity.

A firm believer in passion and perfection, Varsha is finding her journey at ArtSpire exciting – a wonderful blend of her penchant for the arts and her management expertise.

Aishwarya Jayaraman

Programme Manager

Aishwarya is a strategic communication, branding and engagement professional with a decade of corporate experience. She is adept at strategising and executing media outreach activities with the aim of ensuring brand presence and audience engagement.

Being closely associated with performing arts since the age of 5, Aishwarya’s passion to promote art in a creatively efficient manner drew her into this space. With love for art in the heart and drive for execution in her head, she constantly seeks to blend these elements to bring value to work.

Being an experimental mother, outside of her work Aishwarya find happiness in promoting baby wearing and modern parenting. Music, dance, food and travel completes her interests in life.

Snehaa Sudarsan

Programme Associate

Taking her first steps in the professional world, Snehaa holds a Master’s degree in Marketing & Strategy from the University of Warwick, UK. A short spell as a Project Associate at a marketing agency services in Chennai, has helped her gain insight on the impact of digital marketing.

Snehaa has been learning Bharathanatyam under the guidance of Smt. Padmini Krishnamurthy, Director of Sri Saraswati Natyalaya, Muscat; over the last 15 years. She has performed widely as part of groups at various places across the globe. Snehaa has also had the honour of performing at the prestigious “Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival” held at Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 2010. Owing to her love for dance, Snehaa continues to actively learn and perform, even today, whenever she can. Having participated in a large number of group productions, the management aspect of the arts has always fascinated her. And this fascination, she believes, will be her driving force at ArtSpire.

Having been brought up in the Middle East, apart from being on stage, Snehaa loves to travel and experience different cultures.

Vaishnavi Harikrishnan

Programme Associate

With undying love for food, travel, music and her newfound affinity to Carnatic and fusion music, Vaishnavi has found her place in the world of Arts Management after a short stint in the IT jungle. An engineer by qualification, she has enjoyed being part of many professional groups in Chennai like Net User Group (CNUG) and Bhumi in various capacities. She lead the CNUG for a year in 2015 apart from handling PR and other technical aspects of the group in previous years. Her love for interacting with different people pushed her to volunteer in event management roles in college. Her role as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Weavedin, Bangalore helped her gain experience in Client Management.

Swetha Kannan

Programme Associate

An avid Marketing professional with a keen notion to take any brand under her radar sky high is a daily task for her. Her experience hovers around in Real Estate, Advertising, Media, Marketing and a tinge of Risk Advisory. An art appreciator, Swetha is inspired by how various art forms define the world and how they beautifully co-exist. Hailing from a management background, her vision tilts towards how this magical industry of performing arts can have a dimension of management to it.

Swetha is an alumnus of The University of Edinburgh and is an awardee of the Edinburgh Award. She graduated with a Master of Science degree where she worked with clients in Scotland and Ireland. Prior to her masters, she was a Senior Executive at a Jones Lang LaSalle dealing with Markets and Retail sectors. Post her masters, she was with The Hindu Group as a Marketing Communications Coordinator. She was part of the team which led the brand’s marquee events and also handled Corporate communication for the firm. Her thesis was on Campaigns with a Cause, on how societal issues have become a story telling element for brands and how they capitalize on it for awareness and reach.

She has a keen interest for different genres of music and has been a part of the organizing side to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is one of the best festivals in the world for performing arts. The ethnicity of arts inspires her and has driven her interest towards the arts industry. Apart from arts, she is a travel enthusiast and continuously works on ticking places off her bucket list. Her travel experiences, specially in the west has inspired her as to how arts can inspire the world at any point of time and how there can be management side to it.

Unofficially, she loves food trails, has a sweet tooth, a funny bone, a lover of Mani Ratnam films, A R Rahman music and cross-fitness!

Lavanya Narayanan

Content Strategist

An American-born but not-at-all confused desi, Lavanya graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition Science and celebrated by moving to Chennai to pursue Carnatic vocal music. A student of Smt. Lakshmi Varanasi of Indianapolis with advanced training under Shri Maharajapuram Ramachandran and Shri OS Thyagarajan, Lavanya’s interest in the arts and passion for writing took her to the doorstep of Sruti Magazine before joining The Hindu in Chennai as a full-time reporter.

After completing her postgraduate diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism last year, Lavanya found her professional home at ArtSpire, bringing together the things that she loves best.

When she’s not ideating and writing content, Lavanya spends her time as a visiting harmonium artist for Doordarshan’s Podhigai network and writes freelance pieces for The Hindu’s Weekend and Friday Review supplements. She also dabbles in local modelling and documents her food adventures in the city on her food blog, The Wandering Lavipop. Lavanya’s bicultural experience is something she hopes will add value to her time at ArtSpire.