Teacher, Arathi School of Dance
Co-Founder, Indique Dance Company
Committee Member Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation
M.S., Ph.D (Physics), University of Texas at Dallas
Dance has always been Sarita’s first love. Sarita started her Bharatanatyam dance training under the tutelage of Guru Shri Mani, director of Kalasadan in Mumbai India. After a couple of years, she moved on to learn Kathak from Smt. Guru Asha Joglekar in Mumbai, India. Inspired to study in the US, Sarita moved to Dallas in 1995 as a graduate student at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her passion for dance brought Sarita to Arathi School of Dance in Dallas. She started her Bharatanatyam training once again under the tutelage of her Guru Smt. Revathi Satyu. Sarita continued her training and did her Arangetram under the training of Smt. Revathi Satyu and Smt. Latha Shrivatsa.
Sarita has had the privilege of being a part of several dance productions taught by renowned dance exponents like Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan, Kalaimamani Smt. Priyadarsini Govind, Smt. Padmini Ravi, Smt Nirupama and Shri Rajendra, Smt. Vasundhara Doraiswamy, Dr. Seshadri Iyengar to name a few. Arathi School of Dance has been Sarita’s second home. She has been teaching for this school for several years and her students have performed widely within the DFW metroplex.
Sarita is also a founding member of the Indique Dance Company (IDC) in Dallas, Texas. Established in June 2008, Indique Dance Company has set its course to achieve an artistic composite of what is Indian and what is unique.
Sarita is currently serving as a committee member of the Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation (ICHF), a non-profit organization whose vision is to promote intercultural awareness by providing a platform for the interaction between Indian and American cultures through workshops, presentations and performances.
Sarita holds a MS & Ph.D (Space Sciences) from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a MS (Physics) from the University of Mumbai. She has been a Research Scientist and a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. As a student and later as a scientist, she has actively pursuing advanced research in Ionospheric Plasma Chemistry and Energetics, for over 15 years.
Sarita actively participates in community related activities. Using dance as a medium for fitness, she has worked with elementary school teachers and staff members creating awareness about the importance of a healthy heart, mind and body. She is currently the President of the Wyatt Elementary Parent Teachers Association.
Sarita, her husband and their two sons live in Plano.
ICHF, Indique Dance Company and New York City's Battery Dance Company present An Evening of Shakti (strength) and Bhakti (devotion).
August 6, 2016 @ Dallas City Performance Hall
Arathi DanceFest 2015 @ The Dallas City Performance Center
August 25, 2014 @ Dallas City Performance Hall
May 19, 2013 @ Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater
May 29, 2011 @ Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater
August 16, 2009 @ Dallas Children’s Theater
In the News
“Indique Dance Company co-founder Sarita Venkatraman talks about the city’s growing Indian dance community community and partaking in the reinvigorated Dallas DanceFest this weekend.”
“Sanchez welcomed Sarita Venkatraman one day to teach the Bollywood style of dance common in films from northern India. She also incorporated colorful finger scarves, known as rumaal, and lively upbeat music into the lesson.”
Artistic Director Sarita Venkatraman of Indique Dance Company said, “DDF provided the perfect stage for dancers to experience something exhilarating and unique, offered a glimpse of the many different, beautiful dance styles, and most importantly, helped to bring the dance community together under one roof.”
Indique Dance Company Formed in 2008 by Sarita Venkatraman, Shalina Varghese, Latha Shrivasta, Anu Sury, Kruti Patel, Bhuvana Venkatraman, and Shilpi Mehta, Indique Dance Company fuses Indian classical, folk, and modern dance styles with contemporary themes to create an enjoyable and enlightening cultural experience.
President, Wyatt Elementary Parent Teacher Association