"….Dr. Jayanthi Raman, the women behind Shrishti: Creation.... Not only is she a physician with a master's degree in computer informatics, she also happens to be one of our region's best choreographers and performers......." Tiffany Harms, Inlander, Spokane, WA.

TRADITIONAL TO THE CONTEMPORARY.......

Raman is the only performer, choreographer and producer in the Northwest of her genre to have performed and toured nationally  with her dance company since 1990 in the US with rave reviews and full house audiences!  Celebrating 25 years as a performer, choreographer and master artist-teacher influencing the cultural scene!

She is the only artist in the Northwest to have received rave reviews from national press such as the DANCE Magazine, The Oregonian, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, Daily Nebraskan, Atlanta Journal, Seattle Times, Hindustan Times, Dayton Daily News etc. and her concerts have consistently been featured as critics’ choice, top picks etc. through out the nation.

2015

Press acclaim continues in 2015
University of Oregon Folklife Program announces 2015 TAAP Award recipient: Jayanthi Raman as master artist of the art form. Featured below.
 
http://ofn.uoregon.edu/jayanthi-raman

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Oregonian June 2015

Audience acclaim: Jayanthi Raman's ANUBHAVA 2015  - October 2015

Remarks from Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen about the Portland Anubhava concert: Dear Jayanthi, Again, my congratulations to you on Friday evening's dance concert. What a joy to be there in Lincoln Hall among your admirers, watching and listening to you and your ensemble dance! (I say "listening to you dance," because being able to hear the rhythmic patterns you were striking with your feet was exhilarating.) Your performances were exquisite. Fluid, yet exact. Crisp and delineated, yet remarkably lyric. For whole minutes, I followed your hands only. And then your feet. I was immersed in your ability to convey narrative and emotion kinetically. And I was delighted to be able to meet you after the performance. Thank you for taking the time to talk with Ken and me. I know that many, many others were waiting to congratulate you in person. I now have one of your books, and I look forward to reading it. I'll be able to learn some of your art's fundamental principles. With gratitude from your admirer, Paulann
 

Abhinav Vats Schamber‪: We were very proud to be witnessing India's rich culture in form of one of it's classical dances- the Bharat Natyam. ‪Jayanthi Raman Dance company was at it's best. They were/ are all very talented, humble and wonderful artists. We got to take few pictures with the lovely Jayanthi Raman. Congratulations to them all and thank you all for making Eugene a little bit more richer in its multicultural environment. Thanks to Hult Center for the Performing Art, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, City of Eugene as well for promoting this. ‪This was a great opportunity to learn, accept, respect and admire one of the best classical dance forms of the world. Such rare cultural blessings are gateways to the libraries of knowledge- development in arts and culture, self development and spiritual upliftment. Wish I could have seen more of my friends there. ‪Both dad and I thank my darling of a husband for giving us this lovely birthday gift and a heartfelt thanks to the talented Jayanti Raman and her talented group.  *Eugene Anubhava concert

Portland Anubhava, the responses continue… Hi Jayanthi Di, Hope you are fine. Yesterday's performances was awesome .. Dance to costume all were really amazing.. We all liked it very much .. each one of your group danced very gracefully.. You and Ramya were obviously superb.. I always love to watch your daughter's performances.. Congratulations for the good news. Thanks and Regards, Arpita

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Jayanthi- Thank you for the most generous invitation you sent to attend your book release event! We are proud and pleased to have awarded you the Individual Artist Fellowship. Know that we all look forward to following your career. Congratulations!!! My best -
 Julie Vigeland Chair, Oregon Arts Commission


Fellowship profile: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/fellowship-profile/jayanthi-raman

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Featured artist: DanceWire February 2015

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2014

Jayanthi Raman featured as master artist and teacher in seven newspaper articles in 2014!
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Tribune's coverage of 'Incredible India' Nov 2014 at the Washington County Museum, Hillsboro.
Presented by RASIKA. Graced by the Mayor of Hillsboro
Grant from Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council

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Valley Times carried cover page article on Raman and Natya Dance Academy students June 2014
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Hillsboro Argus carried two page article on Raman and Natya Dance Academy students June 2014
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ArtsNW Conference in Eugene featured Jayanthi Raman's photo in the logo (see E of Eugene) Featured by the City of Beaverton

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Featured on the cover the Beaverton Leader: JULY 26, 2014

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Featured on the cover the Beaverton Leader Newspaper: JULY 26, 2014 -- Members of the Jayanthi Raman's NATYA Dance Academy perform at the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's Party in the Park, which includes the Beaverton International Celebration

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Raman's 'Sign Mudras' - March 2014

 

Raman with the Mayor of Beaverton after the Sign Mudras concert March 2014
Sign Mudras preview in Beaverton Valley Times

Raman's 2013 Gurubyo Namaha Dance Ballet

"Portland-based choreographer Jayanthi Raman has a record of melding the classical South Indian dance form of Bharatha Natyam with contemporary influences. Her most recent work, an Indian ballet called Gurubyo Namaha: Salutation to the Guru, is an homage to her mentors...." Aaron Spencer, Willamette Week 2013

I was there ...and I thought it was spectacular, loved it. I thought Ramya danced beautifully, but lady, nobody can touch you! ………….after all you've been doing this for much longer, but the nuances of your dancing, the finesse...lovely, truly. Martha Ullman West, Oregon Arts Watch Gurubyo Namaha 2013

Raman's 2012 Sampradaya Dance Ballet
Performed for sold out audiences by Jayanthi & Ramya Raman

"…...unforgettable night of visual splendor and insight into the history of classical Indian dance..” Oregonian 2012
                                     
                       

Raman's 2010 Shrishti Dance Ballet

Raman presented Shrishti: Creation on US tour in September-October 2010 to rave reviews at venues including Sun Valley, College of Southern Idaho, Yakima and Ellensburg who witnessed Indian classical dance for the very first time!! 

“As Director of the Asian Studies program, I just wanted to say that we found your performance captivating in many ways.  First, the artistry, singing, and staging was superb.  I, like many in the audience, were introduced to a new world of Indian dance.  Your newest production allows both old hands and young students to stretch our imaginations beyond Bollywood productions.  Second, your work is a rich cultural resource that should be shared far beyond the Pacific Northwest.  Many universities and communities across America would treasure the opportunity to host your production.  Your work presents both its style and content in a way that I believe any audience will benefit from its rich cultural heritage.  Thank you again for visiting Central Washington University.”
James A. Cook, Ph.D.; Associate Professor; Department of History; Central Washington University.

“The Jayanthi Raman Dance Company thoroughly impressed and charmed our audience with the performance of Shrishti.  Authentic, spiritual, colorful, educational- everyone left enriched and uplifted. The Company’s performance for 1,000 school children was both educational and impactful.  The sound of 1,000 children saying ‘Namaste’ touched my soul.” 
Cindy Barnhart, Executive Director, Festival Dance and Performing Arts, ID.

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Dr. Raman's 2010 production Shrishti - Review of performance at Central Washington University- SOLD OUT SHOW!
Dr. Raman's 2010 production Shrishti - Review of performance at Chicago

Raman's 2008 Natyanjali and 2006 Krishna Bhakti

Natyanjali 2008 at PCPA, Portland to full house audience - 15th year anniversary of Jayanthi Raman dance company and school.
"Raman is an exquisite interpreter of the ancient Indian temple dance..." The Oregonian 2006
Krishna Bhakti 2006 Northwest tour: Dance Ballet at Portland- Newmark Theater, Spokane and Seattle- MOHAI Krishna Bhakti 2006 Ballet at Spokane- MET Performing arts
Feature Article on Dr. Raman 2008

Jayanthi Raman Dance Company at PASA in 2005

Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, LA

Reviews of Raman's 2004 Gajamukha Dance Ballet supported by NEFA-NDP grant award

"Raman is a performer of extraordinary skill and power..." Feature article, DANCE Magazine.

 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Center for Performing Arts

“As bare feet stamp and ankle bells ring, silken clad gods and goddesses transport us to the mythic world of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god with a man's body and an elephant's head. With every wrist flick, finger quake and ankle quiver the dancers moved with precision, radiating an inner joy. Vibrant costumes of gold, burgundy, and magenta shimmered before projections of mountains, trees, stars and fire.  ..... The performers project warmth and pleasure and their rhythmic movements draw the audience onto the stage as if we're dancing with them." -- The Oregonian

Lied Performing Art Center, Nebraska

Director and troupe use dance, world music to tell their story

There is nothing so nice as seeing dance on the spacious and lively Lied Center main stage. Unless, that is, the dance is accompanied by live music. If it's world music and the crowd is in such a mood, all the better. So was the case Wednesday night, when artistic director, choreographer and principal dancer Jayanthi Raman presented "Gajamukha, Temple Dance Ballet of India." 

The multitalented director, who is based in Portland, Ore., researched the mythology of the protector of the universe and used an original score,..... and chanted vedas — the ancient scriptural chants from south India's temple. Raman twists the dance-theater convention again by combining the fluid moves of Mohini Attam .., Kuchipudi dance .. and the more familiar Bharatha Natyam foot-slapping, out of Tamil Nadu. Something's cooking in the Pacific Northwest, however.

The ubercool region that gave us Mark Morris' inventive take on ethnic dance has incubated another folk-grounded modernist.

Respectful throughout in its intent, the storytelling transcends ritual into fantastic proportion through the magic of projected images of nature; ruby, emerald and curry-colored costumes, which are gilded and intricately pleated; and the skilled gestures of the artists on stage. The musicians, elevated and onstage throughout, were really jamming. Their soaring flutes and drums, vocal trickery and sighing sitar were thrilling.  - Lincoln Journal Star

Indian ballet translated to American audience
By John Wenz /
Daily Nebraskan October 2004

Nothing in “Gajamukha” should be lost in translation. The people behind the ballet have taken care to ensure this. Although the dance company brings Indian language, culture, dance and music to an America that may be unfamiliar with these elements, the programs and narration explain clearly what is going on throughout the show.

Atlanta presented by Rialto at Rialto Performing Art Center

Dance with the Gods

The production, led by Dr Jayanthi Raman comprised of a 12 member cast...A musical ballet .. presented on a platform that is both mainstream and artistic, to an audience that was a veritable mix of cultures, age groups and affinities, is just as globally riveting as it can get. The production took flight amidst applauding patrons and an ambience that was imbued with rich complexity of art in an alien ethos. This fusion of East and West was made more engaging because of the merits of the production itself. Added commentary in English.. made it even more easy to relate to. Spiritual yet sensuous, colorful and soulful the ballet adapted for common consumption...Panning all the nine rasas, the production led one from entertainment to enlightenment.

The troupe took the bow to a standing ovation. And in one stroke, Gajamukha transformed the precincts of an urban American high brow art facility to an amphitheatre that facilitated high art with utmost simplicity. - Hindustan Times, review.

The passion of Dr. Raman in presenting 'Gajmukha' was evident in all aspects of the theatrical attributes- grace, spirituality, sensuality, vibrant colors, shimmering costumes, stunning backdrops, precision, wonderful music and choice of episodes that controlled the dance patterns.  In the mesmerizing last scene, the chaste, "Ganesha worship" (abhishekam), practiced in the inner sanctum of the South Indian temples was a great eye opener for those who are not familiar with this method of worship. The entire ballet was a joy to watch. While the performances of the Nandi and the mouse were captivating, the heart of the ballet is without doubt Dr. Raman who as Goddess Parvathi excels in all scenes. Jayanthi's stellar dancing career spans over 25 years. Gandhi Foundation, review.

Washington DC - Listner Auditorium presented by
Washington Performing Art Society

"Choreographer" is too limited a term to describe what Jayanthi Raman does when she creates a work. A subject is chosen, texts perused, and scenes or themes gleaned. Musicians are engaged to prepare music for the production as the dances begin to take shape. Perhaps some new texts (as in this case) are commissioned.

"Raman .. flown off in a contemporary direction is in the inclusion of many dance (and music) styles in one production. She incorporates folk dance, pop dances and classical dance genres. In doing this, she joins the community of contemporary Indian choreographers. Watching "Gajamukha" is akin to watching "Giselle" with some scenes in ballet, some done as jazz and some as modern dance. -- Washington Post

Dayton, Ohio

Indian dancers give one of year's best shows 

Don't understand Sanskrit? Don't know a thing about Hindu mythology or scripture? You still would have found much to enjoy in Gajamukha, a marvelous touring dance and music production that was presented by the Indian Foundation Saturday night... one of the best dance performances of the new season based on versatility, power and expressiveness of the six dancers and the first-rate musicianship of the accompanying quintet. .. Jayanthi Raman was the featured dancer, her choreography, staging and seamless meshing of Indian classical and folk dance forms that were most impressive in the two-act dance drama about the elephant-headed god Ganesha. The Portland, Ore.-based director and teacher created the production with a grant from the National Dance Project and cast it in Chennai, India.

Many of Indian heritage in the audience understood what was taking place even if they couldn't follow the lyrics that were sung, spoken and layered with intonation by the vocalist who sat in the midst of musicians playing the stringed veena, bamboo flute and drums of the double-headed, frame, hollow and clay pot varieties. They supported and propelled the performers with their energy.

The drummers' hands worked in counterpoint to the accented slaps of the strongly arched and bare feet of the dancers, whose undulating arms, hands and darting eyes worked in tandem with the waves of sound and atmospheric effects from the veena.

The Hindu faithful invoke Ganesha to overcome obstacles, but there were no serious barriers to enjoying a presentation that explained, among other things, how the moon first began to wax and wane. A tusk hurled by Ganesha, in response to the moon's laughter, served as the catalyst."  Dayton Daily News

Houston Wortham Performing Art Center

Engrossing production....... The stories were clear, thanks to narrated introductions in English and Raman’s deft choreography for seven virtuosic dancers...- Houston Chronicle

South Dakota

South Indian dance, music in Vermillion
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“This ballet took two years of work, and I have done it with Bhakti, devotion, inspired by the music of the great composers with whom I have this fortune to work with for this production,” said Dr. Jayanthi Raman, the principal dancer and choreographer of the production.

 'A Very Different Production'
Review, South Dakota

The numerous jewels atop the head of the dancer sparkle under the dim orange and blue lights. From a crouched position, her hand movements are in harmony with the beats of the mridangam, or double-headed drum. This is “Gajamukha,” an Indian dance ballet based on 2,000-year-old ancient texts. Siouxland India Cultural Association, the University of South Dakota’s Program Council, the Bush Grant and Vermillion High School brought the ballet to Vermillion.

Spokane MET Performing Art Center

Ballet group brings Indian culture to Spokane
Spokesman Review

"Gajamukha – Temple Dance Ballet of India," .. combines music, dance and theater based on Indian classical and folk forms to create a two-act dance-drama.

This theatrical production is Dr. Jayanthi Raman's labor of love. The researcher, choreographer and performer set aside her career in medicine and computer science in favor of researching ancient Indian texts and creating innovative dances rooted in the classical traditions of India.

 Fort Myers, Florida

Performance highlights Indian folklore surrounding Lord Ganesha
News Press, Fort Myers, Florida

Jayanthi Raman, the show's artistic director, choreographer and principal dancer, spent more than a year researching ancient texts to come up with "Gajamukha," which is the title of the performance.

Known for her expressive Indian dance called abhinaya, Raman is the first dancer of her genre to receive the National Dance Project grant award.

Other Ballet and solo concert Reviews

"Raman Sparkles in Dance of India - Jayanthi Raman is an artist of sparkling presence and crystalline technique. The minute her jingling ankle bells and stamping feet ring out and her silk-clad body, sinuous arms and dramatically mobile face appear, the audience knows it's going to see a world-class dancer. Raman’s talents go beyond dancing, more than the star …She also choreographed, costumed and produced it." Martha Ullmann West, The Oregonian.

"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."
 Dance Review, Catherine Thomas,
The Oregonian.

"Dr. Jayanthi Raman danced the part of the adult Meera, a role that allowed her express profound emotion. In the dimming lights, the audience showed it's appreciation with a heartfelt ovation..."  Asian Reporter.

"Raman’s percussive and precise movements and heady presence not only command notice but channel older visions—a sight worthy of delight and praise."  Willamette Week (Critics Choice) 2003.

"Few dancers communicate effectively across the wide gulfs of cultural difference. Jayanthi Raman is one. Even a viewer conditioned by American culture can recognize what sets Raman’s dancing apart. Technique, expressiveness, acting ability, musicality - just as in a ballet. Raman is an elegantly musical dancer, vocalist Prema Ramamoorthy's voice possesses uncommon color and flexibility. They play off each other like two fine jazz musicians. Watching improvisation of this caliber is an unalloyed pleasure."  The Oregonian.

"The characteristics that make the Madras-trained Raman an extraordinary performer.......are precisely those that mark an extraordinary ballerina. She places each gesture, every movement with precision. Through it all, Raman displays warmth, ease and pleasure...." - Cerinda Survant, The Oregonian.

"Indian precision shimmers in ‘Valli’….Raman is a dancer of precise, musical beauty--every gesture considered, every movement part of a danced design as elaborate and refined as an Indian miniature painting.. The mix of mime, narrative dancing, ritual dancing and musical interludes was so skillfully done that the audience was thoroughly engaged." Dance ballet review, Martha Ullman West, The Oregonian.

"Her feet strike the floor like thunder claps. Her face and form take the viewer through every possible emotion until the viewer and dancer are almost one" -- Kassandra Sterling, Portland DownTowner.

“Raman is a scholar of Indian dancing. She is a gifted practitioner of this highly codified art form”  The Oregonian.

Jayanthi Raman, has long been devoted to retaining the purity of the movement’s style and promoting knowledge of the Indian arts in Portland.....her most recent dance ballet depicts the mythologies and symbolism of that most felicitous and popular of Indian deities, Lord Ganesha....” The Oregonian.

"Classical Indian dancer enchants audience. Her hands, painted with bright red dye that made each finger stand out, were almost in constant motion, moving from one mudra to another, exquisite to watch." Phil Hunt, The Oregonian, 1990.

 

Lied Performing Art Center, Daily Nebraskan Lied Center: featured with Pandit Ravishankar
Flynn Performing Art Center, Vermont Symphony Space, World Music Institute, NY
South Dakota Corvallis, Oregon
 
Featured on the Cover of Corvallis Gazzette  Rialto Center for Pewrforming Arts, Atlanta
   
Dallas Morning News  Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, by Rasika & PICA 
 
UW World Series, Seattle Times  Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Review 
   
Washington Post, WPAS presentation  Spokane Cover page preview 
 
Rialto Center for Performing Arts, Atlanta 
 
Corvallis Gazzette 

Jayanthi Raman Dance Company Reviews and Press 1989-2003

 
Feature Article on Dr. Raman 
   
Krishna Bhakti 2003 Review   Krishna Bhakti 2003 preview   
Krishna Bhakti 2003 preview     Krishna Bhakti 2003 Review   
 
Feature Article on Dr. Raman  
Bharatham Dance Ballet 
   
Culture Shock Festival, Newport Center for Performing Arts, Newport, OR 
   
Shiva Shakti ballet Review  Shiva Shakti ballet preview  
 
Shiva Shakti ballet preview   
 
Feature article on Raman 1997 
 
Krishna Leela Ballet preview  
 
Krishna Leela Ballet 1996 Review 
   
VALLI Ballet Review 1995 VALLI Ballet preview 1995 
   
Solo concert Louisiana State University 1991  Solo concert Review 1990
Review
"Classical Indian dancer enchants audience. Her hands, painted with bright red dye that made each finger stand out, were almost in constant motion, moving from one mudra to another, exquisite to watch." Phil Hunt, The Oregonian, 1990.
   
Solo concert preview 1990 Solo concert preview 1990