Faculty at Rasadhwani

Dr. (Mrs) Uma Anantani,

Managing Trustee & Dance Director

Uma received her Doctorate in dance(Aesthetics) from Mumbai University under the apt guidance of Padmabhushan Dr. (Smt) Kanak Rele. She has remained a Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Culture, Government of India. With a Master's degree in Literature and a natural flair for poetry and music, Uma exudes a unique dance philosophy that is reflected in her academic pursuits, choreographies and performances.

As the former principal of J.G. College of Performing Arts affiliated to Gujarat University, Uma has the experience of establishing and heading a fully fledged degree college of dance, music and theatre. Having performed and taught Bharatanatyam in Mumbai, Chicago and in Ahmedabad, where she now resides, Uma has organized and conducted workshops for dance teachers from all over Gujarat in theory and practice of relevant topics. She has researched and presented papers and written articles on subjects relevant to dance and has published a book in Gujarati on Aesthetics with the support of Gujarat State Sahitya Akademi.

Uma is a recipient of the highest State Award, the Gaurav Puraskar from the Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2001-2002. She has also been honoured by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in 2013 for her outstanding services in the field of culture. She continues to render her services as a choreographer and show director for major events like 'Vibrant Gujarat' and 'Rannotsav' organized by the Government of Gujarat.


Ms. Shivangee Vikram,

Director & Lead Dancer

  • MFA (Bhartanatyam) from Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai University with a Government of India Scholarship
  • Cleared NET in Dance under UGC
  • ICCR empanelled artiste
  • Credited with many prestigious titles, such as 'Shingar Mani', Mumbai; 'Kal-ke kalakar', Gujarat; 'Nritya- Pratibha', Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi
  • Lead performer of Rasadhwani
  • Performed at national and international platforms like Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram; Pallavotsavam, Mysore, Natarani Festival at Ahmedabad and also under the state and central government sponsored schemes
  • Participated in several national & international workshops conducted by renowned artistes & choreographers
  • Teaching dance in universities at diploma, degree, and post-graduate level
  • IGNOU Academic Counsellor for Bharatanatyam