Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
The Traditions Engagedfestival will be spotlighting Kuchipudi artist, Rathna Kumar. She will be performing on Saturday, October 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 AM. For tickets and registration for Tradtions Engaged, please visit this site: Registration.
Rathna Kumar began training in Bharatanatyam from Smt. K.J. Sarasa and Kuchipudi from Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. A child prodigy, Rathna Kumar was known as “Rathna Papa,” performing around India from a very young age. She later moved to the U.S. and established the first Indian dance school in Texas, the Anjali Center for Performing Arts in 1975. She is a renowned Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Heritage & Preservation and Arts Learning, Rathna Kumar has worked to promote the Indian Classical arts in the U.S. In addition to performance, she has ventured into academia, teaching Bharatanatyam at Rice University in Houston, TX.