Ashwini Sundara Raj
Ashwini began her Bharatanatyam journey at the age of 5, under Guru Nagabhushan in Bangalore. In 2006, she found her home in Mudrika, and has since been under the guidance of Guru Minal Prabhu. Her love for the art has seen her take to the stage in various productions in India and the United States.
A black-belt in Taekwondo, Ashwini appreciates the value of cross-training in mastering the dynamics of her body. She is currently working as a Team Lead with Rally Health Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ashwini strongly believes in the Guru-Shishya parampara and attributes everything that she has imbibed in dance to her guru. She wishes to continue her dance journey by imparting what she has learnt from her gurus to her students while still wanting to be a life-long learner.
Ashwini's Guru - Smt Minal Prabhu
Guru Minal Prabhu began her journey of Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra, Chennai. Her quest for mastering Bharatanatyam and Carnatic vocal music has transformed her into a complete and multifaceted artiste.
Her love for teaching led her to the founding of the Mudrika Foundation in the year 1976, where numerous students have grown to be successful soloists and teachers in their own right. Guru Minal Prabhu is known for the high standards she exacts out of her students. Her ingenious choreography is known to highlight the dancer’s Kinesthetic intelligence and is often met with acclaim from renowned critics.
Under the Mudrika banner, she has directed and showcased several dance productions.
She was awarded the Karnataka Kalashree in the year 2011 for her contribution to the field of Bharatanatyam and she continues to propagate the impeccable Kalakshetra style of Bharatanatyam to her students.