"Deepa Ponnappan, yet another bright, pleasing dancer with a calm, composed, and confident approach. Deepa exhibited a thorough training in her chosen tradition through the items which she presented in a neat manner. Deepa’s execution of the technical, as well as mimetic sections of the “varnam”, was appealing. Padmini Dorairajan takes credit for training Deepa Ponnappan, yet another bright, pleasing dancer with a calm, composed, and confident approach. At the Spirit of Youth Dance series of the Music Academy, Deepa exhibited thorough training in her chosen tradition through the items which she presented in a neat manner".!"
-Nandini Ramani, Dancer, Scholar and longtime Dance Critic,The Hindu
“Deepa Ponnappan focused on the fluid, southern style of Bharatanatyam. Because of Ponnappan’s great attention to detail, skill and beauty were embedded in every piece. The demonstration was a creative mixture of attributes and had all the properties of a physical and spiritual experience ”
- Daily Lobo, New Mexico
"Chandralaya joined our school on Multicultural Day leading a workshop for Year 4 & 6 students. Deepa engaged the students brilliantly providing a detailed explanation of the cultural background of the dance styles. Students observed a range of key movements and then had a go themselves with smiles on their faces as they immersed themselves into another culture. Deepa went above and beyond with coordinating the 45 min workshop even meeting with us a week earlier to discuss details. It was an authentic experience for all students exceeding our expectations for the day."
- Ryan Fede, St. Paul’s Primary Melbourne
"Deepa is an amazing dance teacher. Deepa shared the different Indian art forms and demonstrated the dances to 300 students during our Cultural Festival. Deep also conducted dance workshops and engaged all our students effectively. They love her workshops. Really easy to work with!' "
-Wai Ling Lee , Geelong Grammar
"Introducing our students to a rich cultural program was excellent and not something we regularly access. Chandralaya engaged our students engaged in dance, drama, movement, music, mindfulness – fabulous! Focussing on fitness through dance and exercise was excellent. Relaxation/mindfulness exercise was really well received. The whole session was positively received by our students and seen as a highlight – certainly supporting wellbeing."
-J.Hayward , Strathewan Primary School
"Deepa was very engaging and entertaining. Her program was inclusive for students and staff. We all enjoyed it very much."
-L. Goldstraw , Nullawarre & District Primary School
"Students were excited about learning a different culture. Every student was engaged and participated in every activity. Wonderful engaging leader. Deepa is positive with everyone and shares her culture in a way that encourage students to wonder more!"
-P. Christie, Kyneton Primary School