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Keerthanna Jothiraman

Artist Name: Keerthanna Jothiraman
Place: Denver, Colorado
Website: www.keerthannajothiraman.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/keeths

Email : keerthanna@gmail.com
Phone : (001) 720-202-9264

20543 E. Caley Dr , 
Centennial , 
CO - 80016

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Keerthanna Jothiraman is a Kuchipudi dancer of unprecedented grace and intensity. She has more than 19 years of experience in performing the art form. Keerthanna was introduced to the art of Kuchipudi under Late Guru Smt. Chitti Durga Devi when she was 8 years old. Her dedication and love towards the art form helped her to perform the famous Bala Gopala Tarangam when she was 9 years old. She did her Rangapravesham at age 12 at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai, under the auspices of Bharat Ratna Sri. C. Subramaniam. She was blessed with the opportunity to perform lead roles in her Gurus dance dramas Girija Kalyanam and Bhrigu Valli. Her passion towards choreography kindled the interest in learning nattuvangam as well.

After the demise of her Guru in 2007, she joined NARTANASALA school of dance run by Smt. Sathyapriya Ramana. She spent the next 7 years learning under her Guru and performed in several dance dramas. Notable among them were Gangavatharanam, a ballet that she has performed several times all over India and in several roles – as Lord Brahma , as Lord Shiva and as Goddess Ganga and in Sri Krishna Parijatham as Lord Krishna.

Keerthanna has won several awards in various cultural festivals and has given more than 200 performances all over India. She was awarded the title NATYA KALA POORNA in 2010 , received the SWARNA MAYURI title in 2011 and won the 1st prize in the National Level Kuchipudi Competition held in Nellore.

Inspite of her work in a reputed MNC, Keerthanna devoted time to impart the art of Kuchipudi to the next generation through the Saaradhi Academy Chennai. She had the opportunity to choreograph and perform in 2 jugalbandhis , Raamayaneeyam and Sapthatharangini.

Keerthanna is a graded artist of Doordarshan Kendra and her performance Sanga Vaazhvu Kalaiaagiradhu portraying the life of women in Tamil Sangam era received wide acclaim. This performance included verses from Aganaanuru, Puranaanuru, Kurunthogai and Pari Paadal and the music was composed by herself. She has learnt carnatic music for 8 years and has also performed in music concerts under the guidance of her Guru Sri. Paramakudi S. Ravindran.

Key Performances
Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai – 1994, 2010
Sankharabharanam Trust , Mylapore Fine Arts ,Chennai – 1994, 2002
Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha , Chennai – 1994, 1998
Ugadhi Puraskar , Chennapuri Andhra Maha Sabha ,Chennai – 1995 ,1999
Chennai Port Trust , Chennai – 1995
Indian Fine Arts Society , Chennai – 1995
Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai – 1997, 1998, 1999
Samskara Bharathi ,Akhil Bharath Nruthyotsav , Hyderabad – 1997
Arangetram at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai – 1999
Sankara Jayanthi Festival , Kanchipuram Temple – 1999
Natyothsav , Natyanjali Trust , Chennai – 2000
Vasanthothsav , Natyanjali Trust ,Chennai -2000
Bharath Natyotsav , Music Academy , Chennai – 2001
Swathi Thirunal Sabha , Thiruvananthapuram – 2001
All India Brahmo Conference , Chennai – 1997 ,2002
Natyanjali Trust , Vara Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Chennai – 2002
Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai – 2003 , 2009
Annual Cultural Fest , NUS Cultural Centre, Singapore – 2005
Mamallapuram Dance Festival – 2007,2013
Inaugural Celebration of the 7th Asia Hockey Cup, Chennai – 2007
Annamacharya Aradhana , Kuchipudi village – 2008
Poson Festival , Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission , Chennai – 2008
Golden Temple , SriPuram , Vellore – 2008
Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam , Chennai – 2008, 2009
Natyanjali , Chidambaram – 2009
Pondycherry Governor Felicitation Function , Chennai – 2009
Sri Padmavathi Brahmotsav , Tirupathi – 2009
World Classical Tamil Conference , Kovai – 2010
Gangavatharanam , Bangalore - 2010
Natyanjali , Perur – 2011
Raamayaneeyam, Margazhi Festival , TAG Auditorium – 2012
Margazhi Festival, Mahalingapuram Ayyapan Temple – 2012
All India Radio , Ugadi Celebrations – 2013
Sapthatharangini , Museum Theatre Chennai - 2013