Kiruthika Rathanaswami is a classical Indian 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 19 years. She completed her bharata natyam arangetram (graduation) at the 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 Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Edmonton and Santa Barbara, California. Some of her notable performances include: The Temptation of Buddha (2006); The Monk and the Courtesan (2008); Honourable Governor General of Canada Ms. Michaelle Jean (2009); Canada Dance Festival (2010); Gait to the Spirit Festival (2011), Horizon Series (2013); Feats Festival (2015); and HH11 Dance Festival (2016). 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 2010, she received the Arts Fellowship from the Shastri Indo- Canadian Institute and studied with Gurus B. Bhanumati and Sheela Chandrashekar in Bangalore, India. Last summer 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.