Arathi School of Dance's form of Bharatanatyam is strongly rooted.
Revathi Satyu is a pioneer in bringing g the art of Bharata Natyam to Dallas, TX. She had her training under illustrious Gurus, U.S. Krishna Rao and Chandrabhaga Devi, Pandanallur Muthiah Pillai, Tanjore K.P. Kittappa Pillai and Mysore Venkatalakshamma. Revathi was a sought after Bharata Natyam dancer and stage actress in India from 1965-1974, performing for Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar , Maharaja of Mysore; Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President V. V. Giri amongst others. Revathi was chosen by the Govt. of India to represent her State at the Expo World Fair in Montreal, Canada in 1972. Revathi established the Arathi School of Dance in Dallas and San Antonio in 1980 and has graduated over 100 students. She is the recipient of several awards including 'Singar Mani'; 'Karnataka Kalashri'; 'Bharata Kala Rathna'; 'Sangita Sambrahma' ; and recently the Mary McLarry Lifetime Achiement Award from the Dance Council of North Texas. Revathi has been the choreographer and Artistic Director for a number of dance dramas, raising funds for deserving causes. She is currently the President of Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Director, Dance Council if North Texas, and the Founder/ Director of Arathi School of Dance in Dallas, TX.
Shalini Varghese Chandragiri - Showing a keen interest in this classical art form, Shalini joined the Arathi School of Dance under guru, Revathi Satyu, at the age of five. Under the guidance of her guru, she performed in many different dance dramas with the school including Sita Swayamvara, Anmol Bhakti, Meera, Virangana, Pragati, and many others. She has also had the privilege to learn extensively from other accomplished gurus, including the legendary dancer couple – Padma Bushans- The Dhananjayans, Padma Shri Adayar K. Lakshman, Priyadarsini Govind, Padma Bushan Kalanidhi Narayanan, Padmini Ravi, and Nirupama and Rajendra to name a few. Shalini had her arangetram in Bharata Natyam in 1997. She has performed extensively in the the US and internationally. In addition, she had the honor of being formally presented by her guru for a performance in India during January of 2004. The Arathi School of Dance has always been Shalini’s home. She has been teaching with this school for over 10 years and her students have performed widely within the DFW metroplex. She has had 15 students complete their arangetram in bharatanatyam. Shalini has also been a board 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. She is also one of the founding members of Indique Dance Company - a dance troupe started in June of 2008 that attempts to take Indian classical dance in new and creative directions. In September of 2015, Shalini was awarded the prestigious Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence by the Dance Council of North Texas. Shalini teaches in Plano, Carrollton, and Coppell.
Anu Sury - Anu Sury started learning dance at the age of 12. She has trained under the watchful eyes of Smt. Revathi Satyu ever since then. She has also had the privilege of training under Sudharani Raghupathy in Chennai, India. She enjoys teaching in the school and continues to perform. Anu teaches in Frisco, TX.
Sarita Venkataraman - 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 board 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 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. Sarita teaches in Plano, TX.
Urmi Subramanian - Because of her love of dance and classical performing arts, Urmi joined the Arathi School of Dance under the tutelage of Smt. Revathi Satyu when she moved to the Dallas area with her family in 1989. Her love of Bharatanatyam spurred her on to engage in formal vocal training in the Carnatic style through her High School years, after which she switched to classical Hindustani vocal training. Since 2011, she has been providing Hindustani Vocal lessons for children and adults. Her desire to share her experience in Bharatanatyam with future generations inspired her to start teaching with Arathi School of Dance in 2015. Urmi has participated in multiple dance dramas with the Arathi School throughout the years. She also played a special singing and acting role in the Kannada musical Hoovi, directed by Smt. B. Jayashree and her husband Mr. Ananda Raju, in 2003. Urmi teaches in the Valley Ranch area of Irving, where she lives with her husband, Gokul, and their two children, Maanav and Anjini.
Shilpi Mehta - Shilpi teaches in Irving, TX.