2016 IndianRaga State Ambassadors

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Aarthy Sundar

CATEGORY: Bharathanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

Texas

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

During my arangetram training, there were times when I lost sight of why I danced. But at my first rehearsal with live musicians, I felt the music course through my body like I'd never felt before. I felt invincible, and knew this would be my life.

Abirami Murugappan

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

CA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

There's no one moment that can do justice. It's all the little things, like getting the sequence from a new piece stuck in my head, playing nonstop, or feeling the connection when I lose myself in an abhinaya piece.

Adithya Shakthi Kumar

CATEGORY: Carnatic Percussion

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

TX

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

During my India trip, my grandfather and I were returning from an arangetram. We met an elderly couple on the train who loved Carnatic music. They encouraged me to learn mridangam and blessed me saying that I was destined to be a great mridangist.

Akshaya Rajkumar

CATEGORY: Bharata Natyam

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

Michigan

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

While most of the happenings in my life thus far have come and gone, art is the one thing that has remained eternally. This realization has been the force that has made me want to pursue my passion for dance and music for the rest of my life!

Ananth Kumar

CATEGORY: Carnatic Percussion

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

CA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I attended my first Carnatic concert with Vidwan Neyveli Narayanan, my paramaguru, as the mridangist and Ghatam Karthick on the ghatam. The versatile percussion intrigued me, and inspired my journey to become a diverse performing percussionist.

Anjali Prabhala

CATEGORY: Carnatic Vocals

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

TX

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I have been learning Carnatic music since childhood. Coming from a musical family, I grew up with music, receiving praise and encouragement for every performance I gave. All these have helped me remain true to my passion for this amazing art form.

Annapoorani

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

Texas (TX)

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

As a working adult, I would practice before and after work everyday during show times. Despite being burnt out I only looked forward to the next day’s rehearsals. The physical exhaustion just made me feel better and realize the joy of dancing.

Anu Samrat

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam

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AGE GROUP:

35+

STATE:

Washington

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Classical dance and music are part of my life. Four months after I met with an accident injuring my spinal cord, I was back on stage- I owe it entirely to the physical & emotional strength, joy and fulfilment that dance and music have blessed me with

Anvitha Soordelu

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

California

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

My arangetram is one of my most memorable events because the experience of preparing for the show taught me a lot about the idea of how being a dancer involves a lot more than just being able to dance, and I really enjoyed the process.

Bhargavi Ganesh

CATEGORY: Carnatic Vocal

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

NY

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

At the start of one performance, I was so nervous that I was off beat. After the first song, one of my accompanists gently encouraged me to stay level. I took a deep breath, used his voice to focus myself, and it felt like a completely new concert.

Chethan Anant

CATEGORY: Hindustani Instrumental (Bansuri)

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

Illinois

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Many years ago my Guruji taught me how to improvise within a given Raga. I realized Hindustani music is an expression of within because each performer's rendition is a distinct representation of their personal style. Suddenly music was more personal.

Divya Nayar

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

New Jersey

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I received a call from my grandmother after she had watched a performance video I had sent her.
She was exuberant, telling me how proud she was and how much she enjoyed my performance. Her words, which I greatly value, pushed me to better my dance.

Divya Warier

CATEGORY: Mohiniyattom & Bharatnatyam

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

MAHARASHTRA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

DanceIndiaDance-Super Moms was my most memorable experience.Apart from this learning,performing& promoting Mohiniyattom/Bharatnatyam has always been close to my heart.Every opportunity I get to showcase classical arts as an artiste,Inspires me!

Harshitha Venkatesh

CATEGORY: Bharathanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

California

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

The most memorable experience was to audition for the SFO Ethnic Dance Festival representing Bharathanatyam amongst the diverse cultural artforms! It made me appreciate my love for arts education. Dancing is what makes me feel alive and confident!

ISHAAN TANGIRALA

CATEGORY: Hindustani Vocals

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AGE GROUP:

12 and under

STATE:

NJ

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Kind words like some from Bhuvanesh ji (grandson of Pt.Kumar Gandharva):"Woh jis tarah se masti kar raha tha usse pata chala ki woh music ko kitna samajhata hai.Aisi masti karna asaan baat nahi hai, is umar me to aur bhi nahi" drive my passion.

Janani Kumar

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

California

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

During the orchestra rehearsal for my arangetram in 2012, I experienced a joy that was far greater to anything I had felt before, especially in abhinaya. When the musicians adapted the Meera bhajan to parallel my bhava, I lost myself in the story.

Jay Srivas Sarva

CATEGORY: Instrumental

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

CA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I grew up with my sister's practices and performances on daily basis. Sitting in the fron row watching her concerts I always wanted to do the same. Some of the other artists who have influenced me are Vidwans Sri.TNS, Sri.Abhishek Raghuram

Kalyani Nayaka

CATEGORY: Carnatic Classical Music

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

New York

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Having grown up in a family of musicians, singing seemed natural to me. But, the enthusiasm and adrenalin rush that I had felt singing for the first time in front of an audience in my family's temple makes me want to feel the same way time and again.

Kalyani Parthasarathy

CATEGORY: Kuchipudi

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

VA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I walked into Princeton Chapel to perform my first original solo item, showing my diverse audience the spirituality inherent in the art. I was later told, “Your enthusiasm and devotion touched hearts” - the ideal goal of bringing my art to the public

Kamini Natarajan

CATEGORY: Indian Non Classical

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AGE GROUP:

35+

STATE:

CA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I stopped singing for 10 years when I moved to USA. When my daughter was born it changed. Music had positive impact on her- my songs would calm her when cranky, make her sleep when tired or simply smile & giggle, rekindling my passion for music

Kanchi Mandyam Nayaka

CATEGORY: Carnatic Vocals

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

OH

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

My love for the performing arts started at the age of 3 when we discovered that I could recognize Swaras to any given song. This love has developed into a strong passion for music&dance which have become an integral part of my life through the years.

Kartik Raman

CATEGORY: Hindustani Vocals

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

Karnataka

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Every contest i have taken part in, has contributed to my passion but my 1st ever classical recital at the age of 9 which was organised by my Guru Lt. Pt. Shyam Das Mishra in the centenary of Pt. Omkar Nath Thakur ji is the most memorable one.

Kaushik Hariharan

CATEGORY: Carnatic Vocals

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AGE GROUP:

13 to 20

STATE:

CA

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

I started learning carnatic vocals when I was five. I used to practice long hours every day. I was thrilled when my grandfather once said my voice sounds like that of Vidwan TM Krishna. His words kindled the passion for carnatic vocal music.

Lalli Venkat

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

California

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Every time I'm on stage, the rush of the music and dance coming together is such an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Focusing on pushing yourself to become a better dancer everyday seems worth it when this happens.

LAVANYA GOVINDARAJAN

CATEGORY: Bharatanatyam

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AGE GROUP:

21 to 34

STATE:

TX

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO MY PASSION FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS

Preparing for my arangetram showed me a whole new beautiful side to hard work and pain. This was the most enriching experience as it taught me that this ocean of knowledge is so much bigger than me and that perfection is an eternal moving target.