wins prestigious youngARTS Award
March 12, 2009
Govind, disciple of Hema Rajagopalan, is the proud recipient of a youngARTS
Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts. This
is one of the most prestigious awards a young artist can receive, and is
testament both to Vidya's talent and to the rigor of Hema Rajagopalan's
"I am very happy and very proud that Vidya got this opportunity. She is
a dancer of great promise and gives me hope for the future of our art form."
grateful that I was given the opportunity to participate in youngARTS,"
says Vidya, winner of Level I, $3,000 Award. "So many people don't know
anything about Bharatanatyam. This gave me an opportunity to put this art
form out there. It was a really great experience to be surrounded by people
who are so passionate about what they do."
was chosen from nearly 8,000 applicants in nine disciplines, now has the
opportunity to become a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
celebrates and rewards exceptional student artists from across the US in
nine artistic fields: cinematic arts, dance, music, jazz, photography,
theater, visual arts, voice and writing. The young artists are given the
chance to perform in front of renowned artists and arts educators.
Natya disciples were honored with NFAA awards in past years; one of these
became a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Natya Program Coordinator Bill
Jordan was himself a Presidential Scholar in Writing.