Obama appoints another Indian American to a key position in administration

July 25, 2012 12:42
Obama appoints another Indian American to a key position in administration

US President, Barack Obama had appointed another Indian American to an important position in administration after he expressed that he wished to nominate Ranee Ramaswamy as a member of the highly esteemed National Council on the Arts.

He said, addressing more than a dozen nominees to different administration posts, that the dedicated and highly accomplished individuals would be his prized additions to his Administration and aid him in tackling the important challenges America has been facing. He also said that he looked forward to work with then in the months and years to come.

Ramaswamy was the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Ragamala Dance Company being a virtuoso in the fields of choreography, and Bharatanatyam since 1978.

Walker Art Center, American Composers forum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts have commissioned her work while she had received ample support from organizations like National Dance Project and Joyce Foundation.

She received several Grants such as the 14th Knight Fellowship, Bush Foundation Choreography Fellowship and an Artist Exploration Fund from Arts International.

Ramaswamy's tours have been highlighted by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Dance Festival, and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.

She had also received the Mc Knight Distinguished Artist Award in 2011 which earned her the name 2011 Artist of the Year and shared it with co-director Aparna Ramaswamy. This title was felicitated by Minneapolis Star Tribune.

She held a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Madras.

(AW- Anil)

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