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Jayanthi Raman

Jayanthi Raman

Jayanthi Raman is an icon whose impact on the local arts and culture as well as nationally has been tremendous over past decades. Her impressive multi-faceted career spans over four decades – as an award winning nationally recognized traditional Indian dance performer, choreographer, master artist of Bharatha Natyam classical dance– and sought after educator, speaker, author, presenter, promoter, producer, and an influential arts advocate in the Northwest. Raman is founder and teacher of the premier institution of Indian dance – NATYA Dance Academy, based in Portland, OR, training aspiring students. The dance company and academy enhance cultural diversity by bringing Indian classical dance of highest quality through performances and outreach events influencing the cultural scene. Jayanthi’s artistry, mentorship, and advocacy continue to improve the accessibility, vitality, and appreciation of traditional arts. Bharatha Natyam is of the most ancient classical dance styles that originated in South India and have been passed through generations of master artists and practitioners. The dance style follows the codified grammar prescribed in ancient literary works on Indian classical dance. Please visit www.jayanthiraman.com and follow her on www.facebook.com/jayanthiramandance