Performer, choreographer, educator, and published author Rachna Ramya Agrawal has studied the Lucknow style of Kathak under Smt. Maya Rao and the Jaipur style of Kathak under Guru Rajendra Gangani, who are both the recipients of the Sangeet Natak Academy award. She has undergone further training in the expressive and interpretative aspects of Kathak with Smt. Sandhya Desai, a Kathak virtuoso. Rachna received a Master's degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. She also trained in Choreography at the Natya Institute of Choreography in New Delhi, India. In addition to her degrees in dance, Rachna holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master's degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University and a senior diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Rachna also has studied Tabla with Pt. Subhankar Banerjee.
The State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts selected Rachna as a Master Teaching Artist in 1993 and she is currently listed in their Master Teaching Artist roster. She was also a recipient of 1994-1995 apprenticeship award given by the New England Foundation for the Arts and worked as a Master Artist for the organization. Presently Rachna is working for the Young Audiences of Connecticut, an honored arts-in-education organization, and is listed on the YAC Artist roster. Rachna has won many awards in dance, including a gold medal from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, in recognition of her Kathak skill.
Rachna has performed extensively and has been featured many times on Indian national television. Her performances and workshops include the World Music Institute, NY; Museum of Natural History, NY; Harvard University, MA; University of Oklahoma, University of Massachusetts; The Institute for studies in American Music, NY; Augusta Savage Gallery, MA; Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, CT; Southern Connecticut State University, Citylore, NY; Polyhedron, Chicago and various other colleges, museums, dance organizations. Rachna has also performed in prestigious dance festivals such as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, CT; Five by Five Dance Festival, CT; White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, MA; Along the Gypsy Trail, a multi-cultural Dance Festival, Chicago; Engendered Dance Festival, NY; Nomadic Summer Spirit (world music and dance gathering), CT; Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon, CT; World on Stage Dance Festival, CT; Province Town Dance Festival, MA and many other dance festivals.
Rachna is currently running the Sunbhaav School of Kathak Dance in five location in Connecticut. She is the Artistic Director of the Sumbhaav Dance Project.
In addition to her Kathak teaching and performing endeavors Rachna also coordinates the Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon, a week long dance, music, and dance-film events in CT at various prestigious venues, where more than 30 of the finest dance companies, representing the State’s extraordinary range of dance and music styles come together. She also provided Creative Support for a feature length documentary “RAGA UNVEILED”, which is an comprehensive look at the “architectural brilliance” of a musical system that gave birth to the most wonderful and profound classical music art form of India. Furthermore, Rachna published a novel written in Hindi, titled “Digbhramit.”