Prathiba Natesan Batley

Dr. Prathiba Natesan is a three-time Indian national champion of Bharatanatyam and the founder/chairperson of Eyakkam Dance Company. She is also associate professor of statistics at the University of North Texas and a Tamizh enthusiast. Her current projects include: set free – a dance short-film, TEDtalk, and reviving forgotten padams. She studies closely under the tutelage of Guru Preethi Menon (Kalakshetra and Koothambalam). Prathiba completed her Kathakali arangettam under the guidance of Kalamandalam Udayakumar, Kathakali Dance School of Cheruthuruthy. Read More...

Lavanya Govindarajan

Lavanya Govindarajan found her calling for the classical arts at the young age of six. She has been learning Bharatanatyam and Carnatic vocal music with a passion for over two decades. Lavanya currently learns from Guru Preethi Menon (Kalakshetra and Koothambalam). Some of her dance ballets in India include Akka, Navagraha, and Winter of Spring. In the US, she has performed at the Hanuman, Ganesha, and the DFW Hindu Temples, Addison World Fest, and the St Louis Dance Festival. Lavanya also served as the Secretary of the Indian Fine Arts Academy of DFW(IFAADFW) and continues to be involved in the art scene as a performer and a teacher.

Annapoorani Subramanian (Annam)

Annam grew up in Singapore and trained under the tutelage of Smt.Neila Sathyalingam, Apsaras Arts – Singapore. Some of her international performances include: Aalam at Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, Dec season), ASEAN Youth camp, Cambodia, Mindil Festival in Darwin, Australia, Ramayana in Nusa Dua, Indonesia and Seoul Spring Festival (Korea). She now teaches a select group of students in Frisco, Texas. She continues her training under Guru Preethi Menon (Kalakshetra and Koothambalam).

Ammini Ramachandran

Ammini Ramachandran is an ardent fan of classical South Indian dance and music. She hails from a fine arts loving family; her grandmother was the founder of RLV school of fine arts which later evolved into RLV Music Academy and Institute of Fine Arts offering graduate and postgraduate courses in music and performing and visual arts. Ammini is the author of award-winning cookbook Grains, Greens and grated Coconuts and continues her research on the culinary history of South India. She is a retired financial analyst.