Anita Ranjani’s illustrious career commenced at age 5 in Philadelphia, PA, as the senior most disciple of Smt. Shoba Sharma, a virtuoso of this dance form and a senior disciple of the world renowned Naatyaachaarya Dhananjayans. Since Shoba’s relocation to San Diego, Anita has been learning directly under the Dhananjayans, as well as attended various workshops under several other well-known artists including Adyar K. Lakshman, Professor C.V. Chandrasekar and Jaya Chandrasekar, Narendra and Mahalakshmi, Pushkala Gopal, Unikrishnan, Jayanthi Subramaniam, Radhika Shurajit, Shobana Bhalchandra, Nirmala Ramachandran, Leela Samson, Madhavi Mudgal and Pandit Chitresh Das to name a few.
During Anita’s Bharathanatyam career she has performed extensively on many prominent stages including the Philadelphia Art Museum, International House, and Penns Landing. She has also performed at prestigious venues on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia such as the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, and Wilma Theater. Anita’s Bharathanatyam career also includes several performances abroad. She has performed in Canada and is a regular performer throughout South India during the December Music and Dance Season at esteemed centers such as the Mylapore Fine Arts Club and Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai – just to name a few. She has toured with the Dhananjayans in their production Satyam Siva Sundaram, where she gained valuable experience as a trouper, learning the art of stage presentation and dance-drama forms.
Since 2003, Anita has been doing several benefit performances to help children for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF and the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund for which she was presented with a Congressional Award by then U S Representative Joe Sestak. Anita is also the three-time recipient of the much coveted Apprenticeship award from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Most recently, Anita established Naatya Seva, Academy of Indian Classical Dance. Naatya Seva prides itself on its uncompromising quality as it strives to preserve the traditions as they have been passed down from generation to generation, from Guru to Sishya.