Wednesday, November 20, 2013

US high school student passionate about educating kids in rural India!

Ekal Jananni Rathnagiri, a freshman at Monta Vista High School, in California performed a Bharathanatyam Dance program on May 4th, 2013 at the Campbell Heritage Theatre.

Jananni has been learning Bharathanatyam from Guru. Smt. Meena Logan ( for the past 8 years. She was interested in Bharathanatyam from a very young age and learned under the able guidance of her Guru. At the dance performance she performed about seven dance pieces and enthralled audience for over two hours.

She enjoys dance and enjoyed the experience of a solo dance performance! She also saw this as an opportunity to use her Arangetram as a means to raise funds for a cause that she believes is necessary.

Jananni became interested in Ekal and its cause of educating kids in rural India couple of years back when her parents participated in an half marathon sponsored by Ekal. She too wanted to spread the word about Ekal and decided to generate donations through her dance performance. She was able to generate around $2750 for Ekal’s cause. Jananni wants to adopt two Ekal schools in India and support them throughout her life. Her plan is to continue to generate more funds for her adopted schools through many more events. She believes other kids will be motivated to follow suit. She used the following website - and other means to raise funds. She has the blessings and absolute support of her Guru in this cause as they continue their Bharathanatyam journey together!

To quote Ekal Executive Director, Smt. Ranjani Saigal, "We are so touched by your efforts to raise funds for Ekal through your Bharatanatyam concert. I am a Bharatanatyam dancer myself and it really touches me to see you not only pursue this great art but use it as a vehicle to do so much good. "

Her dance performance video highlights can be found at:

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