Academic Awards, Grants, Honors

  • Dance Department Dissertation Fellowship, University of California Riverside, Summer 2023
  • Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Award, American Society for Theatre Research, Fall 2022
  • Dance Department Fellowship, University of California Riverside, Spring 2022
  • UCHRI Fellowship for South Asian Studies, Study Group, UC-affiliated schools, 2019-2020
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, University of California Riverside, 2018-2019
  • Bigel Fellowship for ResearchRutgers University Anthropology Department, 2009
  • Research Travel Grant to Chennai, IndiaRutgers University South Asian Studies Department, 2009
  • Aresty Research Fellowship, Rutgers University Aresty Research Center, 2007- 2008

Performance Awards, Grants, Honors

  • San Francisco Arts Commission and Public Library Artist in ResidenceSan Francisco, 2023
  • Deb Slater Dance Theater Dance Residency, San Francisco, 2022
  • Gluck Dance Teaching Fellowship, University of California Riverside, 2018-2020
  • Outstanding All-Rounder Contribution in Dance and Affiliated Arts, Bharat Kalachar Institution, Chennai, 2015
  • AmeriCorps Education Award, 2011-2012
  • Governor’s Award for Arts Education in Speech and Debate, State of New Jersey, 2006
  • YoungArts Winner in World Dance, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Scholarship, 2006


  • “Yuva Kala Bharathi” (All-Rounder) From Bharat Kalachar, Chennai 2016
  • “Guru Samyuktha Panigrahi Award” Endowment from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai 2013
  • “Natya Chemmal” (Distinguished Dancer) from Trinity Arts Organization, Chennai 2013
  • “Best Performance Award” from Parathasarathy Swamy Sabha, Chennai 2013
  • “ARTS Scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, U.S.A 2006
  • “Bharata Yuva Bhushana” (Best Young Dancer) from Shree Bharatalaya 2000