TRADITIONAL TO THE CONTEMPORARY
Raman is the only artist in her genre in the Northwest who has received local, regional, state and national awards for performing, teaching and choreography; and is the first artist of her genre nationally to receive many of these awards.
She was the first recipient in her genre to receive the National Dance Project NDP-NEFA grant for production and touring as well as from Regional Arts and Culture Council, Collins Foundation, Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, etc.
Her other awards and recognitions include the Arts Leadership Award from Beaverton Arts Commission in recognition of her work in promoting the culture, heritage and the performing arts of India.
She is the only artist who has received the ‘Master Artist Award’, six times from the States of Washington and Oregon. The Washington State Arts Commission awarded her four years – a rare honor for an out of state artist, and University of Oregon Folklife Program, twice, recognizing her as a distinguished master artist in the Northwest.
Her tours have been supported by grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Westaf-Tourwest, lectures received grants from Oregon Council for Humanities, American Library Association, Washington County Coalition grants etc.
Select Awards listed below:
University of Oregon Folklife Program: Master Artist Award for Teaching artist of Excellence: 1996, 2015
Washington State Arts Commission: Master Artist Award for Teaching artist of Excellence – rare honor as as an out of state artist four times: 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010
Arts Leadership Award by Beaverton Arts Commission 2012
Excellence in Performance and Choreography by Rialto Atlanta & Gandhi Foundation 2004
Excellence in Performance and Choreography by Hindu Society of North East Florida 2004
Performing Artist Award, Vipanchee Festival, presented by Dr. M Balamurali Krishna 1999
Dance Choreography Mahakavi Bharathiyar Award, IIT Chennai 1987
Choreography and Teaching – Community Appreciation Awards from GPTM (Tamil), Telugu Sangam, India Cultural Association, Gujarati Samaj 1999-2017.
Select Grants listed below:
Oregon Arts Commission: Individual Artist Fellowship Award 2015
Oregon Arts Commission: Career Opportunity Grant 2009, 2014, 2015
Oregon Community Foundation – Creative Heights Grant Award 2016
National Dance Project – NDP-NEFA: Production & Touring Grant 2004
Regional Arts and Culture Council: Individual artist: Project Grant for twenty years between 1995-2015
Regional Arts and Culture Council: Professional Development Grant 2000, 2002, 2010
Collins Foundation: Project Grant 2010, 2015, 2018
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation 2017
Oregon Cultural Trust 2015, 2017
Beaverton Arts Commission: Community Grant Award 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
National Endowment for the Arts: Presentation Grant 2004, 2006, 2010
American Library Association: Education and Outreach Grant 2002
Cultural Coalition of Washington County: Project Grant 2009
Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council: administered through Rasika 2015, 2016
Oregon Council for Humanities: Public Program Grants 2004
Oregon Public Broadcasting: Media Support 2006, 2010
Forest Grove Arts Commission: Project Grant 2014
Master Artist Award 2016
Dance Choreography Award from Rialto Atlanta and Gandhi Foundation
Receiving the UO Folklife Master Artist TAAP Award 2016
Master Artist Award 1996
With Governor of Oregon receiving the Master Artist TAAP Award 1996
With Brian Rogers, Executive Director, Oregon Arts Commission
With Brian Wagner and Julie, Oregon Arts Commission
With Rikki Saltzman, Director, UO Folklife Program
With Eliza Canty Jones from Oregon Historical Society