Dancer/choreographer Mythili Prakash is recognized internationally as one of the foremost young exponents of Bharata Natyam, the classical dance form of India. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she trained with her mother dancer Viji Prakash, and is currently mentored by dancer/choreographer Malavika Sarukkai. She performed her solo debut at the age of eight and has since performed extensively in the United States, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Scotland, France, Singapore, and India.
Mythili’s solo full length choreographies include Stree Katha (2005), Yamuna (2007), Seasons of Love (2009), Chandalika (2010), AIKYA – through the voice of Akka Mahadevi (2010), and JWALA-Rising Flame (2015). She has also collaborated with musician Anoushka Shankar in Svatantrya (2009), writer/director Gowri Ramnarayan in Yashodhara (2012), and her brother/musician Aditya Prakash in MARA (2013).
She is the recipient of the “Creation to Performance” Grant from the Irvine Foundation, the “Artistic Innovations Grant” from the Center for Intercultural Performance, and numerous accolades in India. She has worked with Director Ang Lee in the film Life of Pi, and was featured on NBC’s Superstars of Dance, introducing her rich art form to audiences around the world. Mythili will be touring in dancer/choreographer Akram Khan’s next production, Outwitting the Devil.
photo: Jorge Vismara