Kathak (Classical Indian
Ramya Agrawal, is a
noted performer, choreographer, singer, educator,
and published author, who has studied the Lucknow style
of Kathak under Smt. Maya Rao, recipient of Sangeet
Natak Academy award, and the Jaipur style of kathak
under Guru Rajendra Gangani, an exponent of Kathak.
She has undergone for further training in expressive
and interpretative aspects of Kathak from Smt. Sandhya
Desai, a Kathak virtuoso. Rachna received a Master's
degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra
in India. She also trained in Choreography at the Natya
Institute of Choreography in New Delhi, India. To complement
her degrees in dance, Rachna has also won many dance
awards, including a gold medal from Prayag Sangeet Samiti,
in recognition of her Kathak skill. She holds a senior
diploma in Classical Indian vocal music, and Masters
degrees in Hindi Literature and Business administration.
State of Connecticut, Commission on the Arts selected
Rachna as a Master Teaching Artist in 1993 and she is
currently listed in their Master Teaching Artist roster.
Recipient of the 1994-1995 apprenticeship award given
by the New England Foundation for the Arts she has continued
to worked as a Master artist for the organization. Presently
Rachna's passion is working with Young Audiences of
Connecticut, an arts-in-education organization, teaching
at the India Performing Arts Center in CT, at Antarnaad
in San diego, and at Trinity College, Hartford, CT.