Meet our RMTU 2022 Artists

Bharatanatyam

Priyanka Raghuraman (California)


Priyanka Raghuraman is a senior performer & faculty member of Anitha Guha’s Bharathanjali and a company dancer at Nava Dance Theatre, SF. She currently teaches in the Bay Area – USA through her teaching practice ‘Priyada Arts’. She started learning Bharatanatyam from her mother, Smt. Kamala Raghuraman at the age of 4 and later came under the tutelage of Guru Kalaimamani Smt. Anitha Guha.

As a professional soloist and graded artist with Doordarshan(India), she has toured and performed at prestigious venues across the country, the USA, and Singapore. Priyanka is also a professional Television Anchor and Theatre actor, hosting over 100 shows and acting in plays staged for the prestigious National School of Drama (India). As a choreographer, she has created pieces that have garnered rave reviews and prizes.

She has had the honor of receiving the ‘The Meritorious Performer Award’ from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (2020), ‘Yuva Kala Kovida’ from Kalasangha-USA (2019), and the ‘Periya Sharadha Endowment’ award from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (2016) for her solo performances and was featured as a promising artist of this generation in a review of her recital which appeared in ‘The Hindu’- an acclaimed Indian newspaper.

During the pandemic, she has been actively performing through digital platforms and was recently asked to speak in a podcast on Spotify for ‘The Hindu Business Line – Stage Business’. She has also answered a VIP questionnaire session on ‘Quora Tamil’. Earlier this year, she played key roles in a Dance Film – Mahabharata by Navatman. Another well-acclaimed work that she was a part of was Ganesh Vasudeva’s Life of Pi for which her portrayal was commended by a respected art critic, Ms. Marina Harss of the New Yorker. She is also a professional chef with certification from the state of California and a makeup artist.