Nritya Niketan
Dr. Janaki Rangarajan
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Please visit www.janakirangarajan.com for Dr. Janaki Rangarajan's website.  Please click on the link for information about Janaki's new DVD "Rasaanubhavam."

Dr. Janaki Rangarajan started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 from Smt. Madhavi Chandrasekhar in Trichy, India.  When her family moved to Chennai at the age of 7, Janaki was put under the direct tutelage of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam at Nrithyodaya.  

When she was only 15 years old, Janaki was promoted by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam to the rank of Nrithyodaya's faculty and went on to teach scores of students for the next 8 years.

Janaki had the distinction of being the youngest of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam's students to be featured in the television series on the Natyasastra that was aired on India's national channel, Door Darshan.  Several of Janaki's photographs were included in Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam's three-volume treatise, "Karanas - Common Dance Codes of India and Indonesia." 

During her years with Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Janaki performed in numerous solo and group programs all over India and Thailand.  Janaki performed in lead roles along with Dr. Padma in various dance dramas such as Sri Gurave Namaha, Paavai Nonbu, Vande Maataram and Meenakshi Kalyanam.  Janaki appears in the clips of Paavai Nonbu and Thiruvempavai released by Door Darshan in their DVDs on Bharatanatyam.  Janaki also appears in the DVD, "When Gods Dance - Volume 7," along with Dr. Padma and other Nrithyodaya dancers.












Letter of recommendation from Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam

Janaki had the honor of receiving the prestigious "Nadanamamani - Shriram Award of Excellence" of Kartik Fine Arts and “Vasanthalakshmi - Narasimhachari Award” of the Narada Gana Sabha from the renowned dancer, Smt. Dr. Vyjayanthi Mala Bali, and was selected as a graded artist for Door Darshan.  Janaki is an "Empanelled Artiste" of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).  Janaki is also a member of the Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India (ABHAI).

Janaki was trained in Carnatic vocal and veena music under the tutelage of Smt. Kamala Viswanathan and has received advanced vocal training with Sri. D.K. Nagarajan, younger brother of Smt. D.K. Pattamal and D.K. Jayaraman.

Janaki came to the United States to pursue her PhD and eventually settled in Virginia with her husband and daughter.  She started Nritya Niketan to promote her love for Bharatanatyam and Indian cultural arts.  In addition to her Bharatanatyam teaching, Janaki has been involved in the local arts scene by being a member of the Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA) and holding the office of Secretary for a term.  Janaki has also been the Chairperson of the Young Upcoming Artists Forum and, during her tenure, spearheaded a successful dance festival showcasing various classical Indian dance forms.  Janaki has also been invited to judge dance competitions. 

In addition to performing and giving lecture/demonstrations locally in the Washington, DC area and elsewhere in the United States, Janaki returns to India each year to participate in Chennai's prestigious "December Season" for music and dance.   

Janaki is a gifted dance choreographer and has choreographed numerous Bharatanatyam pieces including varnams, pushpanjalis, jathiswarams and thillanas.   

Some of the highlights in Janaki's dancing career include:   

  • Arangetram in 1993 (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai)
  • Passing "Nritya Pravesika" (middle level certification course)
  • Passing "Nritya Visaradha" (senior level certification course)
  • Passing "Nritya Salini" (ultimate level certification course with distinction)
  • Receiving "Vasanthalakshmi-Narasimhachari Talent Promotion Award" from Natyarangam of Narada Gana Sabha
  • Receiving the title "Sathya Nirthya Sundaram" from Bharathanjali Trust
  • Receiving the title of "Singar Mani" from Sur Singar Samsad
  • Solo and group recitals at Bharath Kalachar in Chennai
  • Solo and group recitals at Indian Fine Arts in Chennai
  • Solo and Group recitals at Kartik Fine Arts in Chennai
  • Solo and group recitals at Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai
  • Solo and group recitals at Nungambakkam Cultural Academy in Chennai
  • Solo and group recitals at Rasika Ranjani Sabha in Chennai
  • Solo and group recitals at Sri Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai
  • Solo and group recitals at Tamil Isai Sangam in Chennai 
  • Solo recitals at Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai
  • Solo recital at Hamsadhwani in Chennai
  • Solo recitals at Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha in Chennai
  • Solo recital at Sri Rama Bhaktha Jana Samaj in Chennai
  • Group recitals at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai
  • Solo and Group recitals at Mylapore Fine Arts in Chennai 
  • Group recital at the Music Academy in Chennai
  • Performing numerous times for Door Darshan (Chennai and Delhi)
  • Performing for the Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival
  • Performing for the Thanjavur Brahan Natyanjali Festival
  • Performing for the Kumbakonam Natyanjali Festival
  • Performing for the Thiruvarur Natyanjali Festival
  • Performing for the Nagapattinam Natyanjali Festival
  • Performing for the Thirunallar Natyanjali Festival
  • Performing for the Mayavaram Natyanjali Festival
  • Solo recitals for Nellai Sangeetha Sabha in Thirunelveli and Tuticorin
  • Performing at the World Arts, Music and Dance Festival
  • Performing at the Lotus Festival
  • Performing at DePauw University
  • Competing at the Indian Dance Educators Association Competition
  • Performing for Varnangal
  • Performing at the YUAF Dance Festival
  • Performing at the Washington Tamil Sangam Diwali Festival
  • Perfroming at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple's Natyanjali Festival
  • Lecture/Demonstration at Utsav 2005
  • Performing at Shanti Fund Raiser
  • Lecture/Demonstration at CSOSA
  • Performing at Mitre Corporation
  • Performing at Janey Foundation Fund Raiser
  • Performing at NetSap Fusion Festival
  • Perfroming in Sneha Yagam, a collaborative group production
  • Performing at the Festival of India
  • Performing at Sri Siva Vishnu Temple
  • Performing at the Murugam Temple of North America
  • Performing at Zee Heritage Festival
  • Performing at the 2007 Asian Heritage Festival
  • Choreographing and perfoming in "Marga-Desi," a collaborative group production
  • Performing in an Afternoon of Ashtapadis
  • Performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Lecture/Demonstration for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Performing at the 2008 Asian Heritage Festival
  • 2008 Metro Dance DC Awards Nominee
  • Performing at Intel Hawthorne Farm Auditorium
  • Performing for Artscape at the Lyric Opera House
  • Performing for Downtown Dance Festival
  • Performing for Indo-American Arts Council's Erasing Borders Dance Festival
  • Selected as an "Empanelled Artiste" of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations
  • Selected to be a participant in the 2009-2010 Creative Arts Programs of the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
  • Performance broadcasted on RAJ TV (India)
  • Lecture/Demonstration at Natya 2009
  • Performing at SV Lotus Temple
  • Performing at the Jack Guidone Theater
  • Performing at the Atlas Arts Center
  • Performing at Artscape
  • 2009 Metro Dance DC Awards Nominee - Outstanding Individual Performer and Emerging Choreographer (Finalist) categories
  • Choreographing dance production for Danse Silken / Silken Dance (Montreal, Canada)
  • Performing in the Choreographers Showcase at Dance Place
  • Performing at the Asian Festival
  • Performing at Jacob's Pillow
  • Lecture/Demonstration and master classes for QuebeAsia (Montreal)
  • Performing for Bharatiya Sangeetha Sangham (Montreal)
  • Performing at Bharatmuni Festival in Bhubaneswar, India
  • Performing at Sai Nrityotsav in Bangalore, India
  • Performing at Dance Bethesda
  • Selected to be a participant in the 2010-2011 Creative Arts Programs of the Arts Council of Fairfax County
  • Receiving 2010 Strauss Fellowship for Choreography
  • Performing at Sur Singar Samsad's Kal Ke Kalakar in Mumbai, India
  • Performing in Dance: Yes We Can! - a showcase of DC area dancers as part of the Dance USA conference
  • 2010 Metro Dance DC Awards Nominee - Outstanding Individual Performance (Finalist) and Emerging Choreographer (Finalist) categories
  • Performing at VelocityDC Festival
  • Performing at Dance Centre (Vancouver, BC)
  • Performing at Clarice Smith Center
  • Performing at Narthaki Dance Festival in Houston
  • Performing at Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana
  • Performing at Barnard College for Indo-American Arts Council in New York City
  • Performing for Yuva Bharati in California
  • Conducting workshop for DanceIntense in Toronto, Canada
  • Program broadcast on Rayja Sabha TV (India)
  • Receiving "Nadanamamani - Shriram Award of Excellence" from Kartik Fine Arts
  • Receiving "NCA Excellence Award" from Nungambakkam Cultural Academy Trust
  • Interviewed on Jaya TV (India)
  • Performing on Vaikunta Ekadasi Day at Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati
  • Receiving "Nrithya Shiromani" title in Cuttack, Orissa
  • 2012 Metro Dance DC Awards - Emerging Performer (Winner), Outstanding Individual Performance (Finalist) and Emerging Choreographer (Finalist) categories





Lord Brihadeeshwara Temple in Thanjavur, India