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Dr Archana S Rao, after completing her illustrious academic career with M.Sc in Microbiology from Mangalore University and her Ph.D in Biotechnology in the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore, her passion for Bharathanatyam made her take up Master of Fine Arts under the aegis of legendary artist Dr Padma Subrahmanyam.

It was not only dancing but also her thirst for deeper understanding made her complete a research projects on Nritta Mantapa in Temple & Kunita of Karnataka – A study on folk dances of Karnataka and present her paper on the same subjects.

Born in the beautiful Thirthahalli Taluk Archana has carried the grace of an unpolluted atmosphere into her very personality to naturally blossom as a dancer par excellence!

She was trained under the best of teachers like Natyacharya Ravi Datar, Smt. Githa Datar, Roopa Upadhya, Kalamandalam Usha Datar, Mr Sujith Kumar, Rajarajeswari, and finally completed her MA under the guidance of Padma Bhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Nrithyodaya Chennai to emerge as a complete dancer.  

Archana S Rao performed at various levels from classical Bharathanatyam to Yoga Dance and in the year 2013 participating in largest Tarangam Dance, had gone into Guinness Book of World Records!

With her continuously excelling performances and her exemplary personality she was hailed as the best student by her teachers and best teacher by her students!

Bharatha Siri – National Award for Bharathantyam – Ajantha Cultural Association, Bangalore, 2012State Award – Senior

Karnataka Siri – National Award for Yoga – Ajantha Cultural Association, Bangalore, 2012

Janapada Siri – Kuvempu University - 2004

Abhinandana Puraskara- Brahmana Sangha, Thirthahalli –       14-09-2003

Uttama Nruthyagarthi – Tunga Mahavidyalaya, Thirthahalli – 11-02-2003

Bharathanatyam – Anandpura, Karnataka, 2000

Senior fellowship for Bharathanatyam – Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy-2002

Kishora Prathibhe - Kannada & Samskruthi Ilakhe - 2001

Best actress award for Dance Drama Venu visarjane  

Participated in many dance competitions at junior and senior levels and won prizes at district and state levels

Won prizes for acting in dramas, dance dramas, fancy dress competitions, mono acting etc.

Article had been published on her dance performance in Sihimogeya Yuva Sinchana by S. K. Gajendra Swami, Shimoga in the year 2005

Awards, Fellowships & Honors Major Performances

Siganduru Chowdeshwari Temple, 2015

Ganamukundapriya – Kapaleeshwara temple, Chennai, 2015

Ganapathi festival, Girinagar, Bangalore, 2013

Navaratri Uthsava – Gayitri Temple, Bangalore – 2010

National Conference, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore- 2010-11

International Conference, Airport Authority, Bangalore – 2011

Sringeri Laksha Deepothsava – 2010

International conferences – Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore

Hampi Uthsava – 2009

Mysore Dasara – 2008

Dasara, Thirthahalli – 1993 to 2004

Mari Jatre, Sagara - 2002

Mari Jatre, Thirthahalli – 2001

Ganapathi uthsava, Guddekeri – 23-08-2001

Kannada Yuvaka Sangha – Anandpura, Sagara – 18-01-2000

Guddekoppa Ganesha Festival – 1999

Maha chowthi, Hadigallu – 1997, 2000

Ramothsava, Ambuthirtha - 1996

Ramothsava, Aralasurali - 1995

Acting (Major roles)

Movie - Child actress in Gejjenada, Kannada movie -2002

Dance drama - Kerege hara ­- 1996

Dance drama - Venu visarjane as Radha – 1997 – Best actress award

Drama - Rani Abbakka Devi 1997,

Drama - Sangolli Rayanna

Drama - Kitturu Rani Chennamma

Serial - Malenada Madilinda


Mahishasura mardini – dance drama

Shiva – Yoga Dance

Many classical compositions

Folk dances

Semi classical and contemporary dances

Dances for school children during annual days and dance competitions


Conducting Bharathanatyam classes for Junior and Senior levels

5 years of experience in teaching for school children

A year of expertise in teaching depression patients

Additional Feathers

I would like to ensure strong adherence to traditional art form in my teachings

- Dr Archana S Rao

Bharatha Siri, Karnataka Siri, Janapada Siri, Kishora Prathibhe

& Uttama Nruthyagarthi

A conference on Natya - A Kaleidoscopic Vision conducted by Sastra University and Nrithyodaya. I am honored to present the paper. Heartfelt pranas to our beloved guru padhukka… and all our teachers

- Dr Archana S Rao