Kiruthika Rathanaswami is an Indian classical dancer in the bharata natyam style of dance. She has been under the guidance of Jai Govinda, Artistic Director of Mandala Arts and Culture in Vancouver for the past 22 years. She completed her bharata natyam arangetram (graduation) at the Jai Govinda Dance Academy in 2004 and since then has been a part of many of Mandala’s professional productions and presentations as a soloist, and ensemble. Although she has performed extensively in Vancouver, she has also been presented in Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Santa Barbara, California and most recently Baltimore, Maryland. Some of those notable festivals include Canada Dance Festival, Gait to the Spirit Festival, Horizon Series, Feats Festival, HH11 Dance Festival, Nextfest, Baltimore Dance Invitational and New Works Dance All Sorts. Kiruthika was also featured as the lead dancer in the documentary film “The Great Night of Shiva” (2011) which was broadcast nationally on Vision TV, Canada. In the summer of 2015, Kiruthika was invited to speak as panelist at a National Dance Symposium “Beyond Boundaries – Imagining a New Future for South Asian Dance in Canada” by Sampradaya Dance Creations in Mississauga, Ontario. Kiruthika is the recipient of the 2012 City of Vancouver “The Mayor’s Arts Award” for emerging artist in Dance and the 2016 Dancing Damsel Women Achiever Award for the Performing Arts. Kiruthika is currently working on a new repertoire choreographed by Jai Govinda to be premiered in 2019.