Biography

Mythili Prakash is recognized as one of the world’s leading young exponents of Bharata Natyam - the classical dance of South India. Her classical, yet inventive approach to Bharata Natyam and revitalizes the physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance to create an exceptional style that is distinct and meaningful to audiences across the world. Mythili’s command of the art form is evident whether you are an aficionado or new to Indian classical dance. The elegant and sculpted chiseled lines of her dance is an irrepressible force of precision and dynamism. Her magnetism on stage and her choreography, both in the vibrant, rhythmic athleticism of the form, and the sensitive, nuanced expressive element of the form, are compelling. Mythili uses traditional repertoire while extending the technique to create new structures connecting her extraordinarily rich and intense style with a sharp contemporary intellect.

While highly acclaimed for her technical and virtuosic skill as a performer, Mythili stays deeply rooted in the inherent spirituality of the art form, which is the driving inspiration of both her choreographic explorations and her own practice. It is this, that she believes fuels her artistic and personal journey.

Mythili has toured her work internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She began her training in the Thanjavur tradition of Bharata Natyam at the age of four under the tutelage of her mother, Smt. Viji Prakash - a virtuoso of this dance form and disciple of grand masters Guru Kalyanasundaram and Guru Mahalingam Pillai, directors of the Sri Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Bombay, India.

Music

Bharata Natyam is incomplete without Carnatic music - the South Indian classical form. Carnatic music is characterized by variations of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm). Mythili’s touring ensemble includes four virtuosic musicians who maintain a unique and diverse repertoire. Each composition has been created by revered poets whose works capture the depth and soulful combination of lyrics and melody. The technical sophistication and intellectual brilliance of these four musicians is unsurpassed.

Awards

2009

Nadanamaamani or Jewel of Dance for "Outstanding contribution to Indian Classical Dance"
Kartick Fine Arts - Chennai,

2010 recipient of the Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) grant in Southern California.
The program seeks to formalize the exchange and feedback mechanisms between established and emerging California choreographers. Mythili will work with the highly acclaimed Artistic director of Jazz Tap Ensemble, the nationally-renowned Lynn Dally with the objective of making Bharata Natyam more accessible to main stream audiences in America.

Investing in Artists grant for Artistic Innovation for Mythili's new 2010-2011 touring work, "Shakti - the Sacred Force."
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), Los Angeles, California

2008

Natya Kala Vipanchi or Master of Dance for "Outstanding propogation of Indian Classical Dance"
Dr. M. Balamurlikrishna for Vipanchi

2007

Yuva Kala Bharathi Award
Bharat Kalachar - Chennai, India

Vasanthalakshmi - Narasimhachari Award of Natyarangam
Nararada Gana Sabha - Chennai, India

Performance Grant for Stree Katha
James Irvine Foundation

Sanskriti Nitya Puraskar for "Outstanding Contribution to Dance at a Young Age"
Sanatan Sangeet Sanskriti - New Delhi, India

Chandrashekaran Endowment
The Music Academy - Chennai, India

2006

Rohini Krishnan Endowment Award
Krishna Gana Sabha - Chennai, India

Best Bharata Natyam Dancer (August)
ARTINDIA

2001

First Placement, National Advancement for the Arts
Miami, United States

2000

Spirit of Youth MGR Best Dancer Award
The Music Academy - Chennai, India

1996

The Kohinoor Award for "Excellence in Classical Arts and Culture"
Los Angeles, United States

1991

Performance at India's Rashtrapathi Bhavan in honor of the president of India
Delhi, India

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