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Dr. Janaki Rangarajan


Dr. Janaki Rangarajan started learning the South Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam at the age of four, and has since then given numerous performances all over India, the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Janaki had the distinction of being the youngest of her Guru's students to be featured in the television series on the Natyasastra (important treatise on Indian classical theater) that was aired on India's national channel, Doordarshan. Janaki has the honor of receiving many prestigious awards, including "Vasanthalakshmi-Narasimhachari Award" from Narada Gana Sabha, "Nadanamamani-Shriram Award of Excellence" from Kartik Fine Arts, "NCA excellence award" from Nungambakkam Cultural Trust, "Singar mani" from Sur Singar Samsad, and "Sathya Nrithya Sundaram" from Bharathanjali Trust. She is an A-graded artist for Doordarshan. She is also an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, an empanelled artist of the Creative Arts Programs of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and has also received the 2010 Strauss Fellowship for Choreography. In 2012, she received the Dance Metro DC award for Emerging Performer. Janaki runs her dance school Nrityaniketan in Virginia.

Current as of July 2013
Dr. Janaki Rangarajan