Krithika Rajagopalan has trained under masters, learning from world-renowned practitioners Hema Rajagopalan and Padma Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. Krithika also has trained in the art of histrionic expression and dramaturgy, Kalaripayattu (Indian martial arts) and yoga. She has presented more than 200 solo performances and has had the honor of appearing for President Bill Clinton and at prestigious venues all over the world, including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the Ravinia Festival; the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago; the Kentucky Centre for the Arts; the Music and Dance Festival of Madras, India; and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Bombay, India. In June 2006 she performed at Chicago’s Millennium Park with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and also performed with the Silk Road Ensemble at New York’s Rubin Museum. In 2006, Krithika was the first Indian performer ever nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Awardfor the choreography she created for Sita Ram, a rock opera adaptation that Natya Dance Theatre created in collaboration with Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre and the Chicago Children’s Choir, and that played to sold-out houses. The “Jeff” Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in Chicago theater.
Krithika has many other choreographic credits, including full productions such as Ahimsa: Toward Non-Violence, which received the Critic’s Choice Award from the Chicago Reader, and Dhrasta: The One Who Sees. She also has co-choreographed works such as Amma (Mother), in collaboration with Hedwig Dances; Mitra, in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and World Stage Chicago, and choreography for the Emmy-award-winning PBS production World Stage Chicago. Krithika was the lead choreographer of Ritu: The Four Seasons, created in collaboration with The Anila Sinha Foundation and presented in the spring of 2005. In September 2006, Krithika premiered Red Earth and Pouring Rain, a tribute to the late poet A.K. Ramanujan, as part of Dance India: Choreographing Traditions, an international festival and conference presented by Natya Dance Theatre and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
Recognition and awards for Krithika’s work include the Chicago Dance Award, the Jerome Foundation Grant, the Master Teacher Award from the Illinois Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, the Woman Warrior Award from Columbia College Chicago, and the Commitment to the Arts Award from Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago. She has taught at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and has been in residence at the Art Institute of Chicago.