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Spilling Ink

Nalini Prakash | Co-Artistic Director | Spilling Ink
Nalini Prakash is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer and teacher who has performed throughout India and the United States. Her training primarily took place at Shree Bharatalaya (Chennai), where she studied and performed with its founder and principal dancer, Sudharani Raghupathy. She was awarded a Government of India scholarship in recognition of her talent as a dancer. Nalini was instrumental in establishing and spreading arts education in the Nilgiris region through her school of Bharatanatyam, Silambam, in Coonoor, and also by founding the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nilgiris Kendra, part of a larger national institute committed to Indian culture, heritage and education. To recognize her efforts in bringing the arts to an underserved area, the Rotary Club of Nilgiris presented Nalini with an Award for Vocational Excellence. Nalini holds a master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Drexel University (Philadelphia), and a master’s degree in performing arts from Baroda University. Nalini is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Drexel University in creative arts therapies. She is also a certified movement analyst, and worked for several years as a dance/movement therapist at Saint Elizabeths Hospital (Washington, DC), to enhance the quality of life for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, while integrating elements of Indian dance and creative movement in her work.

Vijay Palaparty | Founder & Co-Artistic Director | Spilling Ink
Vijay Palaparty is a Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer and choreographer. He has trained in India with Uma Rama Rao at Lasya Priya (Hyderabad) and with Sudharani Raghupathy at Shree Bharatalaya (Chennai). He has also trained with Padma Rajagopal at Nupur Anjali School of Dance (Cleveland). Through Spilling Ink, he produces and presents literary, visual and performing arts projects. Vijay was awarded two artist fellowships from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in Washington, DC, for artistic excellence. He was also recognized through DCCAH’s Young Artist program, which commends young segments of Washington, DC, who create art and contribute to the vitality of the city. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in professional writing and two master’s degrees in professional writing and in literary and cultural studies, Vijay is a senior communications specialist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Washington, DC). He also completed his M.B.A. at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD).

My Featured Artists Sessions

Saturday, September 21

11:45am EDT