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Priya Venkataraman
Bharatanatyam Exponent


Priya on Colours of India
[4 minutes]


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Priya Venkataraman is a disciple of Padmashri Srimati Kanaka Srinivasan, one of the foremost exponents of the Vazhuvoor School of Bharatanatyam. Trained initially under Srimati Saroja Vaidyanathan with a further honing of her dance skills in the Kalakshetra style under Ms. Leela Samson, Priya's dance reflects the cumulative richness of her learning experience. A major twelve years of her starting career were spent in the United States where, apart from performing extensively, Priya taught Bharatanatyam through her dance school Kalakriti. Over seventy students were enrolled in the school - eleven of them completing their Arangetram conducted by her. The recipient of two prestigious fellowships awarded by the Illinois Arts Council, Priya was interviewed live on FOX 39 television. She also featured on the cover of VILITIS, a popular arts magazine.

An empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Priya has won plaudits from audiences and critics alike for her dance. Priya's collaborative venture with US based modern dancer Sandra Schramel and musician Byron Wise (Eyes Beneath the Night) was hailed as a "must see for all lovers of dance" by the Rock River Times (USA 2002).

Priya is now based in Gurgaon.

"Priya's sparkling dance - America's gain is surely India's loss...."
Shanta Serbjeet Singh, The Hindustan Times

"Extraordinary fusion of hand, eye and facial gestures...."
Craig G. Campbell, The Rock River Times

"The chiseled geometry of lines combined with visual aesthetics made for an alluring recital"
Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu

"Exemplary in execution"
Utpal K. Banerjee, The Pioneer

"Priya's Bharatanatyam is crystal clear, shining in the glory of a technique which is firm in its foundations and an abhinaya which is spontaneous."
Ashish Khokar, The Times of India

"Mesmerized the audience with rhythmic movements and excellent abhinaya"
G.S. Rajan, The Statesman

"This young, highly gifted and very well trained dancer enthralled the audience with her graceful and precise body movements and excellent footwork"
The Hindu