ABOUT

Preethi Ramaprasad is a multidisciplinary dancer and musician who is passionate about the significant role that the arts can have in education, culture, and politics. She has toured and taught dance in India, Europe, and the U.S. A disciple of Professor Sudharani Raghupathy in Bharatanatyam, she is committed to the Indian arts around the world in scholarship and performance. Preethi curates San Francisco’s first Indian choreography festival, When Eyes Speak (a “Critic’s Pick” in the San Francisco Chronicle) with Shruti Abhishek and Sri Thina, and the Varnam Salon with Nadhi Thekkek and Shruti Abhishek both to amplify the multiplicity of voices in Indian dance. Preethi is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside.

I hope my love for all aspects of art: performance, discussion, and education comes across in these pages.  Please reach out for collaborations, presentations, and more! 

Preethi Ramaprasad
pronouns – she/her/hers

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Research Interests

  • The connection between Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music from the hereditary dancing tradition
  • The perception of dancers and dance over time in the transnational Indian diaspora
  • The influence of language on dance and music
  • South Indian classical arts and socioeconomic stratification in India
  • Political agency and the Indian arts through history

Research Interests

  • The connection between Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music from the hereditary dancing tradition
  • The perception of dancers and dance over time in the transnational Indian diaspora
  • The influence of language on dance and music
  • South Indian classical arts and socioeconomic stratification in India
  • Political agency and the Indian arts through history

Noteworthy solo & group shows in India

  • “Mitra” Tour: Houston, Chennai, Phoenix, 2011; London, 2017; Columbus, 2019
  • Madras Music Academy Mid-Year Festival, Chennai, 2018
  • Natyarangam, Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2016
  • Natya Kala Conference, Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2019
  • Natya Darshan Conference, Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai, 2018
  • Spirit of Youth Festival, Madras Music Academy, Chennai, 2010
  • Yuva Utsav, Youth Festival, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, 2010
  • International Arts and Cultural Foundation, Seva Sadan, Bangalore, 2015
  • Productions with Shree Bharatalaya and Shri Silambam, Chennai

Collaborations & Presentations

  • Presentation with Ananya Ashok commissioned by Dhvani Performing Arts: “A Movement Beyond,” 2020
  • Collaboration with Haiku Poet Kala Ramesh, 2017 (Santa Fe, NM USA, Chennai, Pondicherry, India)
  • Panel Discussion along with Rajna Swaminathan, TM Krishna, Priyadarshini Govind: “Bharata’s Cat: Dance and Music,” 2016
  • Kultur I Vast, Sweden, representing Bharatanatyam with Shantala, Akkarai Sornalatha, Akshay Ananth (2014)
  • Ensemble Member with Narasimhacharis “Five Landscapes”, 2012
  • Ensemble Member with Arangham by Anita Ratnam: “She,” 2010
  • Featured in Oscar Nominated Documentary “Rehearsing a Dream”, 2006

Preethi loves collaboration, open discussions, and various opportunities to teach and perform.

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Collaborations & Presentations

  • Presentation with Ananya Ashok commissioned by Dhvani Performing Arts: “A Movement Beyond,” 2020
  • Collaboration with Haiku Poet Kala Ramesh, 2017 (Santa Fe, NM USA, Chennai, Pondicherry, India)
  • Panel Discussion along with Rajna Swaminathan, TM Krishna, Priyadarshini Govind: “Bharata’s Cat: Dance and Music,” 2016
  • Kultur I Vast, Sweden, representing Bharatanatyam with Shantala, Akkarai Sornalatha, Akshay Ananth (2014)
  • Ensemble Member with Narasimhacharis “Five Landscapes”, 2012
  • Ensemble Member with Arangham by Anita Ratnam: “She,” 2010
  • Featured in Oscar Nominated Documentary “Rehearsing a Dream”, 2006

Preethi loves collaboration, open discussions, and various opportunities to teach and perform.

Contact