"Jayanthi Raman is the rare dancer whose body can contain multiple intricate rhythms simultaneously -- juxtaposing a slowly descending, ornately curved arm against a quick percussive burst of footwork, for instance, her feet accenting the sharp trill of an accompanying tabla. Raman has long distinguished herself as an eloquent soloist in her interpretations of the ancient Indian classical dance form Bharatha Natyam, deploying the style's hundreds of codified gestures for hands, feet and face with an easy expressiveness."  Review, Catherine Thomas, The Oregonian.

TRADITIONAL TO THE CONTEMPORARY.......

Raman is the only artist in her genre in the Northwest who has received local, regional, state and national awards for performing, teaching and choreography; and is the first artist of her genre nationally to receive many of these awards. Awards, grants, honors and commissions listed in chronological order below.

Raman is recipient of several local, regional, state and national awards, almost all of them as the first artist in her genre, recognizing her as one of the foremost performers and choreographers of Indian dance nationally.
                        Individual Artist Fellowship Award from Oregon Arts Commission 2015!

She was the first recipient in her genre to receive the National Dance Project NDP-NEFA grant for production and touring as well as from Regional Arts and Culture Council, Collins Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Forest Grove Public Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, etc. She toured 26 US cities acclaimed as one of the most successful NDP supported tours in her genre to date. This unique strength of Raman to appeal to world presenters makes her a successful contemporary choreographer.

jayr2014Oregon Arts Commission: Individual Artist Fellowship Award 2015
Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Community Foundation 2016
Beaverton Arts Commission: Arts Leadership Award 2012

National Dance Project - NDP-NEFA: Production & Touring grant
Forest Grove Arts Commission: Project Grant

Regional Arts and Culture Council: Individual artist: Project Grant 1995-2015
Oregon Arts Commission: Career Opportunity Grant
Beaverton Arts Commission: Public Program Grant

National Endowment for the Arts: Presentation grant
Regional Arts and Culture Council: Professional Development Grant
Collins Foundation: Project Grant
American Library Association: Education and outreach grant
Cultural Coalition of Washington County: Project grant
Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council: administered through Rasika

Oregon Council for Humanities: Public program grants
Oregon History Center/ Folklife Program: Master artist
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Media Support
Washington State Arts Commission: Master artist
Rialto Atlanta & Gandhi Foundation: Performance and Choreography

Her other awards and recognitions include the Arts Leadership Award from Beaverton Arts Commission in recognition of her work in promoting the performing arts of India locally for past twenty years, the Master Artist award from Washington State Arts Commission - rare honor for an out of state artist, and Oregon Historical Society, recognizing her as a master artist in the Northwest.
Her tours have been supported by grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Westaf-Tourwest, lectures received grants from Oregon Council for Humanities, American Library Association, Washington County Coalition grants etc.

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS (Chronological 1997-2016)


Oregon Community Foundation

Prestigious Creative Heights grant award 2016
Fall production: Duality: Immigrant experience
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taap University of Oregon Folklife Program November 2015
TAAP Award for second time in State of Oregon recognizing Jayanthi Raman as foremost master artist and teacher of the classical Bharatha Natyam traditional art form
GPTM Community award of appreciation as teacher
November 2015
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2015
Individual Artist Fellowship Award

Oregon Arts Commission
First dancer of her genre to receive this award


1996-2015
Individual Artist Project Grant  
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR
Almost every year since 1996!
First dancer of her genre to receive this award.


2015 & 2010

Collins Foundation Grant
Choreography and Presentation
First dancer of her genre to receive this award

 

2014
Career Opportunity Grant
Oregon Arts Commission
First dancer of her genre to receive this award and for second time.

 

2014
Community Program Grant
Choreography and presentation
Forest Grove Public Arts Commission 
Supported by: Pacific University Theater and Dance Department
First dancer of her genre to receive this award
.

2013

Arts Leadership Award
Recognition of 20 years of promoting Indian music and dance
Beaverton Arts Commission
Presented by the Mayor of Beaverton

First artist of her genre to receive this award

2013
Community Program Grant
Choreography and presentation
Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation 
Commissioned: Beaverton Arts Commission
First dancer of her genre to receive this award
.

 

2011
Performance Commission
City of Hillsboro
Walter Arts Cultural Center
First dancer of her genre to receive this honor


2010, 2002, 2000

Professional Development Grant  
Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland
First dancer of her genre to receive this award
.


Studying under Guru Adyar Lakshman, funded RACC Prof Dev grant


2015 & 2010

Collins Foundation Grant
Choreography and Presentation
First dancer of her genre to receive this award

 

2009
Career Opportunity Grant
Oregon Arts Commission
First dancer of her genre to receive this award.

2010
Good Samaritan Ministries
Appreciation for Dance Choreography
& the Performance of Natya students
India Nite
Sold Out Fund raiser event, Beaverton, OR
2003, 2005, 2009 & 2010
Washington State Arts Commission
Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program
Master artist award Rare Honor for an out of state master artist four times!
First dancer of her genre to receive this award
.

Teaching apprentice Subashini Santhanam from Seattle. Raman was recipient of the Master Artist award from Washington State Arts Commission for teaching dance to Seattle based dancer/teacher

2009
Project Grant - Cultural Coalition of Washington County
Beaverton City Library for lecture-demonstrations
First artist of her genre to receive this award

2006

Media Support
Dance Ballet production
Newmark Theater, PCPA
Oregon Public Television OPB-PBS

2006

Corporate Performance Commission
Full length evening dance production
Microsoft, Seattle

2005
Washington County
Youth Advisory Council
Appreciation for Dance Choreography, presentation
Fitness and awareness event event, Beaverton, OR

2005
Performance Commission
Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, PASA Lafayette
Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

2005
Performance Commission
Reed College
Kaul Auditorium
with preceding lecture on Indian dance for Dept of Dance
Brown Bag Series

Raman is the first artist in her genre to receive the NEFA-NDP award

2003-2004

National Dance Project & New England Foundation for the Arts NEFA-NDP  
Production and touring grant
The Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, (NDP) administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Altria Group, Inc.
Raman was the first artist in her genre to receive this award.
Her dance company toured the US as one of the most successful NDP supported tours with rave reviews across the nation.

2004 

Public Program grant, administered through Rasika
Oregon Council for Humanities
First artist of her genre to receive this award.
Lecture on "Renaissance of Indian dance" with Guru Adyar Lakshman at Portland State University

2004
Portland performance of Gajamukha
Marketing support:
PICA TBAFest 2004
Presented by  Rasika

2004
Performance & Choreography award
Gandhi Foundation & Rialto Atlanta
First artist of her genre to receive this award

Gandhi Foundation & Rialto Atlanta present a plaque to Dr Jayanthi Raman, members of GFUSA and Rialto Performing Art Center director Leslie Gordon look on.
2004
Excellence in Performance & Choreography award
Hindu Society of North East Florida
for Gajamukha dance ballet

2002
Challenge America Grant from
National Endowment for the Arts
Lecture-Demonstration on Indian music & dance 
Supported by Cedar Mill & Hillsboro Public Library.

2002
Grant from American Library Association
Lecture-Demonstration on Indian music & dance 
Commissioned: Rasika
Supported by Beaverton City Library & Beaverton Arts Commission 

2000
Performing Artist Appreciation
Fund raiser presentation
Association for India's Development
March 2000
1999
Performing Artist Award
Madras Music Academy, Chennai, India
Vipanchee Festival
Presented by Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna

1996
Oregon History Center/ Folklife Program

Folk Arts Apprenticeship – Master Artist
First dancer of her genre to receive this award
Presented by Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon

 

1987
Award for Dance Choreography & Performance
Mahakavi Bharathiyar’s poetry
IIT, Chennai, India


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