We have come across many Artists that don’t have avenues to showcase their talent and propagate their passion to the art forms they love and have sacrificed their lives in learning and preserving them. To help any Artist or any troop of Artists to showcase their talent across the Globe, we are founding a non-profit organization called ACCESS (Abhinaya Center for Cultural Exchange, Support Services). We are extremely happy to announce that we are opening our first Cultural Center at Hyderabad, Telangana, India to promote various art forms. We will also have a studio that would train anyone that is interested to learn many of the Indian Art forms.
We believe that we are at an interesting phase in history where everything is corrupted by want of speed and westernized fashion. Fast food and invasion of Fast dances in every strata of society are a perfect example of how our Traditional Indian Art forms are slowly eroding away and are morphing to mimic western styles. The mission of our Cultural center is to support the artists from any field and encourage them to perform and showcase their talent across Globe. We strongly believe that by supporting the Artists, we will preserve the Art forms for our next generations. We hope and pray that this would be my little contribution towards the art forms I have spent my entire life to learn and preserve.
Prashanthi Harathi, is an Extremely Passionate Dance Professional with over 30 years of experience in Performing and 20 years of teaching the great Indian Traditional Dance form of Kuchipudi.Prashanthi Harathi, Prashanthi post graduated in Indian Classical Dance (Kuchipudi) from Hyderabad Central University and was the topper in the University. She is well molded artist with the compulsive appeal with her looks, articulation and sophistry. Her aesthetic elegance of sculpturesque posture and her lasya, are well received by the classical art lovers and appreciated by the audience alike. She has been giving major performances in various cultural organizations across the globe. Organized and results oriented with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Prashanthi has excellent capability of adapting to evolution of the dance form while respecting the age-old traditions established by Indian culture.
Prashanthi has multiple academic qualifications along with Masters in Performing Arts (Kuchipudi). She has Bachelors in Hindi (Praveena Utharadha), Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Computers.
Prashanthi developed passion for Traditional Dance form of Kuchipudi in her formative years. She has started learning the Art form from a very young age and has made many sacrifices to pursue her life-passion for Traditional Dance form. She bravely faced many challenges in her personal and professional life to continue her commitment to Traditional Dance form of Kuchipudi.
Prashanthi always demonstrates her passion for the Dance in her and her students every performance. She has fine-tuned her art with rigor of continued learning and training. Her acumen for the Dance, her intellect, helps her in seamlessly adapting the contemporary flavors without corrupting the Traditions. Prashanthi showcases the technique, nuances and intricacies of ancient dance form, an amazing quality that draws the attention of the audience and holds it.
In every creation of Prashanthi, one can see her passion, vision, beauty, grace, values, spirituality, experience, training, commitment and hard work. She has a natural gift to connect with her audience and take them out of their physical surroundings into a different world, often on a spiritual journey. Her creations have a tendency to leave the audience deeply touched emotionally.
Prashanthi is blessed to have worked on a wide range of subjects that include Indian mythology, poetry, philosophy, stories and contemporary subjects. No matter what the subject maybe, she has always followed the techniques developed and defined in Indian ancient scriptures.
Prashanthi at a very young age has started her career in performing on a stage with ‘Manikanta Vilaasam’, a dance drama renowned for it’s Theatrical excellence. She has the incredible accomplishment of performing it for 42 continuous days in front of large audience. Right from her young age, her presence on the stage during performances, her grace and her technique were very distinct and was appreciated by everyone in the audience. She continues to impress her audience with her every performance.
Prashanthi has performed in a renowned theater drama called “Pavala”. This master piece was directed by 6 times state Nandi Award winning director Sri. S.K.Misro garu. This has won the Andhra Pradesh Best Stage Drama Award.
Prashanthi continued to have an illustrious career in Indian Classical Dance Dramas and had important roles in Ramayanam, Gajananeeyam and Nava Durga Dance Drama productions choreographed by Professor Pasumarthi Ramalinga Shastry of Hyderabad Central University.
Prashanthi has been a popular Photography model for many years. She proudly represented Indian Culture and Traditions by modelling in Indian Classical Dance Costumes and Traditional Sarees. She worked with many Photography Councils and with India’s most popular Photographers like Sri. J.P.Dutt of New Delhi, Sri. Krishna Potadar of Bangalore and Sri. Rajan Babu of Hyderabad.
Photographs of Prashanthi have won many state level and national level awards. Some of these awards are:
1. APPSC (Andhra Pradesh Photography State Council) competition held in Guntur and Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh— Won first and second prizes for best photo for both Classical and Modern Saree.
2. IIPC (India International Photography Council) held in Bangalore and Somnathpur, Karnataka— Won first and second prizes for best photos in both Classical and Modern Saree.
3. AIPC (All India Photography Council) held in Andaman and Nicobar Islands— Won the best photo in Modern Saree.
Prashanthi has also featured in many commercials promoting products and services.
Even though Prashanthi has dedicated her life to her passion for Indian Classical Dance form of Kuchipudi, she has many accomplishments in the Film and TV Industry. She has worked under many prestigious South Indian Film productions like Geeta Arts and Vyjayanthi Movies. She has also worked under prestigious TV Productions and channels like Balaji Telefilms, E-TV and Maa-TV.
Photographs of Prashanthi have been featured on many prominent Telugu magazines.
Prashanthi Harathi moved to Portland, OR, USA in 2007 and has established Abhinaya Dance Academy. She has been training many students over the past Decade in America. Prashanthi and her students have staged solo and group performances on various prestigious occasions, impressing the knowledgeable audience and bringing about curiosity to the lay audience. Abhinaya Dance Academy is making several contributions to the Kuchipudi Art Form. From her school, one of the student Graduated (Kuchipudi Rangapravesam) in 2013. Some of the students are on their way for the Graduations.
Prashanthi has received many awards and titles for her unselfish service to the Indian Traditional Art form of Kuchipudi. Her prominent titles are “Natya Moutika” awarded by Abhinetri Arts Academy and “Natya Seva Ratna” awarded by Surya Chandra Cultural & Social Services Organization. Her prominent recognitions and awards are Mother Teresa Award, Veenapaani Kalaapeetham Nritya Lahari and Rathasaptami Awards and Vyshnavi Arts Award.
Tanya Krishna Harathi is Prashanthi’s accomplished daughter. She was born in 2008 and has lived all her life in Portland, OR, USA.
Tanya, was immersed in Indian Art forms of Dance and Music from the time she was born. Tanya accompanied her mother to dance classes from the time she was an infant. At a very young age of 2.5 years, Tanya has started her journey in learning great Indian Traditional Classical Art form of Kuchipudi from her mother. As a toddler, Tanya grasped the interplay of melody, harmony and rhythm in Indian Classical Art forms.
First performance of Tanya was at an age of 3 years. From a very tender age, she mastered the skill of capturing and retaining the attention of the audience during her entire performances. Tanya has a very strong foundation in the Dance Technique and the Sampradayam or Tradition of Kuchipudi. She works very hard in practicing every step and every expression she learns from her Guru.
Tanya is a talented artist who captures the imagination of audience with her flawless performances. She performs complex choreography with great ease, always maintaining a beautiful smile on her face. She has the skills of a mature artist at this young age. Audience who watch her are spellbound by her beautiful rendition of various mythological characters. Watching her avid performance, audience often get so emotionally moved that several of them experience Goosebumps.
Tanya has the experience of performance on live TV and in front of large audience from past 7 years.
Tanya is a very well-rounded individual. She has been learning Indian Classical Carnatic Music from the age of 4.
Tanya is a Second-Degree Black Belt in Martial Art form of Taekwondo. She is also an Expert Swimmer.
Tanya loves the language of Telugu. She has learnt Telugu for 5 years and has accomplished Distinction in Telugu Junior and Senior Certification from Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Tanya has won the following prizes and awards:
- Devulapally Krishna Shastry Telugu Essay Competition—First Prize in her 2nd and 3rd Grades
- High Range of World Records in Kuchipudi Dance and Martial Arts
- MathFax—First Prize (Topper) in her 4th and 5th Grades
Prashanthi is a creative and a graceful Solo and a group performer. She is an accomplished teacher, Guru and an excellent choreographer.
Some of the Indian Classical Dance Performances in India and America by her and her students:
- Portland State University – 2007,2015,2016,2017, 2018, 2019 for Sanskriti
- Greater Portland Telugu Association – 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017, 2018, 2019 for Ugadi Celebrations
- Balaji Temple (HECSA) – 2010, 2011,2014 for Temple Anniversary
- Portland Hindu Temple – 2010 for Temple Anniversary
- Balaji Temple (HECSA) – 2010,2012 for Navarathri Celebrations
- Chinnmaya Misssion – 2010 for Fund Raising
- Greater Portland Tamil Mandram – 2011 for Diwali Celebrations
- Purundara Dasa Jayanthi Celebrations – 2012,2013,2015
- Kalakendra Performing Arts – 2011,2013,2014,2015,2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 for Fund Raising
- Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Lord Srinivasa Kalyana Utsavam by TTD – 2012
- Abhinaya Dance Academy School Anniversary – 2012 for Annual Day
- Portland Cricket Association – 2013 for Cricket Awards
- Portland Rose Festival – 2013 for Rose Festival
- Swamy Vivekananda 150th Birthday Celebrations – 2013
- Portland Hindu Temple – 2013, 2016 for Sri Krishna Janmashtami
- Sai Baba Temple – 2014 for Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Vigraha Prathistapana Mahotsavam
- Sri Paripoornanda Swamy ji visit – 2014 for Spiritual discourses by Swamy ji
- Hillsboro Performing Arts – 2014 for Mithranjali Solo Classical Dance Festival. Performed by advanced level students and also by Prashanthi Harathi. The performance is for one hour for each dancer individually.
- Balaji Temple (HECSA) – 2015 for Sri Rama Navami Celebrations
- Mithranjali Dance Festivals, Hillsboro Performing Arts – 2015
- Diwali Celebrations, South West Washington Indian Cultural Association – SWWICA, 2015,2016, 2017
- Telangana Development Forum – 2016,2017
- Imission for Fund raising – 2016, 2018
- Legacy Hospitals Cultural Month Celebrations – 2016
- India Independence Day Celebrations, Indian Cultural Association (ICA) – 2016
- National Federation of Indian American Association (NFIA), Seattle, Washington – 2016
- Jaya Hanuman Temple, Temple Opening Celebrations – 2016
- Sri Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, Dallas, Texas – 2016
- Jaya Hanuman Temple, Kumbabhishekam Celebrations – 2017
- Portland Community College, Multicultural night & International Women’s Day Celebrations – 2017
- Portland Balaji Temple, Annamacharya Celebrations – 2017
- American Cancer Center Fund Raiser- 2017, 2018
- Portland Balaji Temple, Marghazi Celebrations – 2018
- Jaya Hanuman Temple, Navaratri Celebrations – 2017, 2018
- Kelucharan Gunakirtanam—Odissi Dance Festival—2018
- Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA—2018
- Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthana, Nadaneerajanam, India— 2015
- Shilparamam, Hyderabad—2017
- Srisailam Devasthanam, India — 2018
- Guru Purnima Celebrations—Ravindra Bharathi, India—2018