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Hailing from a family of musicians and dancers, Visalini (Vini) Sundaram started her Bharata Natyam lessons at the age of 5 under the tutelage of Ramya Harishankar and Carnatic music with Padma Kutty. She has also studied with Palai Ramachandran (a prime disciple of Sri. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer) and her late maternal grandfather, Palakkad Seshamani Iyer (a disciple of G.N. Balasubramaniam). Vini was placed first at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Music Competition in 2007, and has been teaching Carnatic music in Orange County for the last 6 years.  She has participated in numerous performances, both as a dancer and vocalist. In 2014, she had her Bharata Natya Arangetram and currently performs actively with the Arpana Dance Company.



A senior at Pomona College, majoring in mathematical economics, Yashna has been studying Bharata Natyam with Ramya Harishankar for 12 years and had her Arangetram in 2013. She has performed with ADC in S. California as well as Germany and Croatia. She also continues to pursue her interest in Carnatic music under the guidance of Sunanda Chandramouli.

Shilpa Rajagopal began dancing at the age of six and her Arangetram in 2012. She has been touring and performing with the Arpana Dance Company over the past four years under the guidance of Ramya Harishankar and is currently a senior at Northwood High School in Irvine.



Having grown up in an environment of dance, Mangala Janahan is passionate about Bharata Natyam and is under the tutelage of Ramya Harishankar. She had her Arangetram in 2013 and has been performing with the Arpana Dance Company since. Mangala has performed locally in California and also toured the East Coast and Canada performing at temples, senior homes and libraries. She is a recipient of the 2016 Indian Raga Fellowship.





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