Awards

  • Dedicated service award, Nritya Lakshana 2014
  • Dedicated community service AWARD, Sankara Drumming School 2013
  • Teacher’s Award For Choreography, Greater Portland Telugu Association, 2012, 2013
  • Outstanding contribution to preserve, promote and nurture the Tamil language, culture and arts in the greater Portland area , Greater Portland Tamil Mandram, 2012
  • Dance and cultural participation award, ASHA, 2010
  • Service to the community award, Indian Cultural Association, Portland, 2004, 2009
  • Recognition award, Association for India’s Development, 2008
  • Dance choreography award , Gujarati Samaj. 2002
  • Dedicated Service Award, Beaverton Arts Council for, 2001
  • RECOGNITION AS Master Artist, Oregon Historical Society, 1999-2002

Grants

  • RACC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
  • For Development of a Professional School Website, 2013
  • For Learning Nattuvangam in India, 2011
  • For Research on the Navagrahas, 2009

RACC PROJECT GRANTS

  • For Rhythmic Delight Dance Production, 2006
  • For Devi Mahatmyam Dance Production, 2005
  • For Balaji Kalyanam Dance Production, 2004

OHS PROJECT GRANTS
To Teach Dance to Underprivileged School Children in association with Oregon Historical Society

Notable Student Achievements

  • Nandita Vanka – Captain of Classical Dance Team, Emory University, 2014-2015
  • Priya Judge – Selected for Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival; Won the Sub-Junior Category, 2013
  • Priya Judge – 1st Indo-Tibetan student to complete her Arangetram in Oregon, 2012
  • Nandita Vanka – Selected for Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival Finalist, 2011
  • Jahnavi Ramanathan – Founded Natya Dance Group, University of Washington, 2010-2011
  • Aditi Jackson – 1st Indo-American to Complete Her Arangetram in Oregon, 2012
  • SHIVANI JOSHI – 1st student to pursue dance as a career, doing PhD in Dance in India
  • Klinton Halliday – 1st African American Male Dancer to Achieve Recognition in Indian Classical Dance
  • Chris Rhostedt – 1st American Student from Kalabharathi to Further Dance Instruction in India