Artist Bio

Kiran Rajagopalan is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and educator with a keen interest in integrating eastern theories of aesthetics, philosophy, and performance with neuroscience, art therapy, and social activism. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards and grants including: the “A Grade Artiste” from Doordarshan (Government of India) in 2015, the “Pandit Durgalal Endowment” from Krishna Gana Sabha in 2013, and the “Singar Mani” from Sur Singar Samsad in 2010. In 2012, Tamil Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram Government of India) awarded him a performance grant for a three-city tour in Tamil Nadu. Kiran graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish in 2008. However, he chose to follow his passion for dance, and he graduated from the University of Madras with an M.A. (honors) in Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) in 2010 and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2015. Alongside his performances, Kiran regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and science. His “NeuroArt” talks on aesthetics, performance, and neuroscience have been particularly appreciated. He is also the founder and the artistic director of Daya Arts, and he is working on his first thematic dance production through a fiscal sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2016, he co-founded No Rest in the Kingdom, a novel initiative which aims to facilitate new conversations between disparate communities of color on issues of gender, race, class, & colonialism in the arts.