Artistic Director, Vyuti

Aranyani began dancing when she was five years old under the tutelage of Padmashri Leela Samson. Having completed her Arangetram in 2001, Aranyani was a proficient solo artist by the age of sixteen. Since then, Aranyani has performed extensively in India and abroad. As a member of Leela Samson’s troupe ‘Spanda’, Aranyani travelled to China, Japan and Inner Mongolia on an ICCR tour. As a soloist, she has performed in several metropolitan cities in India, and also abroad – in London, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Honolulu, Jerusalem, Washington and New York. In 2014, she was invited by the city and government of Martinique (Carribean Islands) to assess the conditions of Bharatnatyam there, to conduct masterclasses and give a performance. During the summer of 2015, Aranyani went on a Europe Tour where she performed in Madrid, El Escorial, Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and London.

Aranyani has also trained in other dance and movement vocabularies at various instutitions such as the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (UK), Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore and the Gati Dance forum in New Delhi. She also had the honour of interacting briefly with Chandralekha, and learning from working with Sadanand Menon to archive the legendary dancer’s work.

She also academically engages with dance through writing, teaching and research. Aranyani wrote her masters thesis at Oxford University on the multiple-modernities within Bharatanatyam in 2010. Aranyani wrote a dance column for the Hindu, a leading Indian newspaper between 2012 and 2014 and has been a Dance theory and history teacher at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. She conducts classes in Bharatanatyam in various places in Bangalore.

Aranyani is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations since 2009, has been centrally featured in a PSBT Documentary on Bharatanatyam titled ‘From Sadir to Bharatanatyam” directed by Viveka Chauhan in 2012, and is a recipient of the Natya Kala Mani Award for her noteworthy contributions to Bharatanatyam in Chennai in 2014.

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