Guru Mary Mac Mohan Paul is a well known exponent of Bharatnatyam , the real guru of all the shishyas and a renowned choreographer and Nattuvanganar. she is the respected Pricipal of Indian Cultural Academy, since all the past twelve years. She had dedicated herself for spreading the popularity of their famous dance form of the south.
She hails from a Christian family in Coimbatore, district of Tamil Nadu, she is a born dancer and started learning Bharatnatyam at an early age of six years, under the able guidance of Guru late Shri. Gopalkrishnan . she completed her graduation in 1981 Natya Visharatha from Tamil Nadu , Govt. Music College, Madurai completing graduation she started working as a Bharatnatyam teacher in Kalai Kaveri Music School, Trichy.
She has presented her dance on many occassions in stages, temples and churches,.In 1983 she took part in 5th Ulaga Tamil Maanadu (5h World Tamil Conference ) at Madhurai, organised by Honourable Dr.M.G.Ramachandran, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This has been one of the most memorable performances.
In 1987 Guru Mary Paul migrated to Mumbai and started working as a teacher in Classical Dance Academy. In Mumbai she completed her advance course under the guidance of eminent gurus like late Kalaimamani Kathirvelu Pillai and late Ramaswamy Bhagawathar.
With the help and support of her husband Shri. Mac Mohan Paul she established Indian Classical Arts & Cutural Trust (ICACT) which got registerd in 1997.
In 25 years of her teaching she has taught this dance form to more than 2500 students. Guru Mary Mohan Paul has conducted 35 Arengtrams in last 15 years & 25 Annual Days.
Mary Paul's contribution as a dedicated guru, organiser is a vital link in projecting a better perspective of indian Cultural Traditional and Divine Art Bhartnatyam for North India ICACT (regd).
Indian Classical Arts and Cultural Trust was established by Mr.Paul Raj Paul, Mr. & Mrs.Mac Mohan Paul, Mr.Ravindra Paul & Mr. TilakRaj Paul and registered under Mumbai s Public Trust Act in 1997. ICACT's Indian Cultural Acdemy Center for cultural and social services plays vital role in sreading and promoting Bharathnatyam in and around Navi Mumbai.
ICACT has got more than 30 centres like Nerul, Sanpada, CBD, Kharghar, Khanda Colony, Old and New Panvel, JNPT Township, Uran Ghansoli,Taloja, Airoli, Ulwe, Kamothe and manymore to come. ICACT teaches the physically challenged and under privileged children free of cost.