MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2014
Artist StatementMadhvi seeks to use the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam as a medium to communicate universal human experiences and ideas without compromising the integrity of the style's movement vocabulary. Through performances, workshops, and collaborations, Madhvi wants to help diverse audiences experience and relate to the beauty and depth of Bharata Natyam.
Madhvi Venkatesh is a dancer and choreographer who specializes in the South Indian classical dance form of Bharata Natyam. She trained for over ten years with Viji Prakash and subsequently refined her art under the guidance of Bharata Natyam stalwarts such as Guru T.K. Kalyanasundaram, Sreelatha Vinod, and Indira Kadambi. Madhvi has also studied modern dance and ballet for several years. Her dual training in South Indian and Western dance styles allows her to bring contemporary idealogy and abstraction into her Bharata Natyam choreography and performance.
Madhvi has performed across the US and India as a soloist and as a member of the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh and Shakti Dance Companies. She currently is co-founder/co-artistic director of Prakriti Dance, a performing company that uses Bharata Natyam to communicate inspirations from nature, human experience, mythology, modern philosophy, and other artistic works.
Madhvi has received a 2014 Individual Artist Award for Solo Dance Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council and the 2013 Gower Creative Arts prize for Performing Arts from Oriel College in Oxford. She was a finalist in the 2010 Spirit of Youth Competition held at India’s prestigious Madras Music Academy. Other notable honors include Merit Awards from YoungArts in 2006 and 2008 and an Apprenticeship Grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts in 2006.