Vision

Dr. Sarita Venkatraman

Director/Co-founder

Sarita is the director/co-founder of Mudras in Motion. She is a recent graduate of the Business Council for the Arts (BCA) in Dallas, TX. Sarita teaches dance at the Arathi School of Dance in Dallas, TX.

Sarita holds a Ph.D and a post-doctorate degree in Space Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX, Sarita is on the program committee of the Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation (ICHF). She also serves on the Plano Council of PTAs as an advisor. Sarita was invited as a guest artist to teach Indian Classical Dance at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) South-Central Region Conference. In 2018, Sarita was part of the Elevator Project, a partnership between the AT&T Performing Arts Center & the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs. She is also a member of the Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT). Sarita has performed for several non-profit organizations including CRY (Child Relief and You) /VIBHA, Think India Foundation. AkshayPatra, Pratham USA, Mosaic Family Services, Asian American Convention etc.

She has performed in several dance festivals including the Brookhaven Dance Festival, Dallas Dance Fest, Dance for the Planet, St. Louis dance festival, dance conventions in Houston and San Antonio. Sarita has further trained under renowned gurus including Smt. Priyadarsini Govind, Smt. Padmini Ravi, Smt. Nirupama and Shri Rajendra to name a few. Sarita has taught at Arathi School of Dance for the past 12 years and is currently teaching in Plano and Frisco, TX. She resides in Plano with her husband Abhijeet and her two boys, Tanav and Eshaan.


Alpana Kagal Jacob

Director/Co-founder

Alpana is the director/co-founder of Mudras in Motion. She is a recent graduate of the Business Council for the Arts (BCA) in Dallas, TX. Alpana teaches dance at the Arathi School of Dance in Dallas, TX.

Alpana Kagal Jacob has participated in dance dramas such as Anmol Bhakti, Virangana, Nava Rasa Sansar, and Akhilam Madhuram. She has had furthur training with Guru’s Mahalingam Pillai, U.S. Krishnarao and Chandrabhaga Devi, Padmini Ravi, Priyadarshini Govind, Smt. Maya Rao, and Radhika Ganesh. In 1993 Alpana was presented by her Guru in both Bangalore and Mumbai India. In 1995 Alpana toured India with a folk dance company called ‘Sundara Mana Madhi Burli’. Alpana was a resident artist and performer with BigThought of North Texas where she exposed many underprivileged children to the Indian art of Bharatanatyam . She was highlighted in the Dallas Guide as a top children’s performer and has worked with the Dallas Theater Center’s summer program in merging dance and theater. Alpana has conducted various master classes at Texas Woman’s University, The University of North Texas, The University of Dallas , Brookhaven College, and various museums in the DFW metroplex. In 2017 Alpana was awarded the Larry White award for Excellence in Dance Education from the Dance Council of North Texas. Alpana has taught for the Arathi School of Dance for the past 30 years and is currently teaching in Frisco, Texas. She resides in Frisco with her husband and three children Savini,Jude and Siena.