Iyengar received the 2013 C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship for choreography from the City of Los Angeles. Iyengar is also the recipient of Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in World Dance for her choreography “Shivaya.” Iyengar has received numerous other distinctions for her choreographic works and is recognized as a Master Artist of Bharatanatyam dance by the Alliance for California Traditional Artists. Some of her other awards include Hind Rattan Award, Rainbow Award (LAWTF), Hindu Temple Asthana Vidushi Award, Durfee Foundation Award, Brody Fellowship for Performing Arts, Alma Hawkins Award for Excellence in Choreography, John Lennon Performing Arts Award, Glorya Kaufman Award, J. and Watumull Award. Iyengar regularly teaches Bharatanatyam, production and presentation seminars, and intercultural dance theater. Iyengar is the author of ‘Dance & Devotion’ published by Rangoli Foundation. Iyengar is the artistic director of the Rangoli Dance Company & Rangoli Foundation for Art & Culture, a non-profit organization, which was founded in 1985. Iyengar served as an adjunct faculty at the Santa Monica College Dance Department from 2009 – 2013.
Lakshmi’s career in Acquisitions began in 2009 at Universal Pictures and continued as Director of Acquisitions for Focus Features in 2016. During her time with Universal and Focus she participated in the acquisitions of Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Lenny Abrahamson’s ROOM, Pedro Almodovar’s JULIETA and Garth Davis’ MARY MAGDALENE. Prior to joining the studio, Lakshmi interned at ICM, Dan Lin Productions, John Wells Productions and volunteered for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Born in Sherman Oaks, California, Lakshmi’s background is deeply rooted in the arts and live performance. She has worked for the Los Angeles Opera, and is the Co-Artistic Director and lead dancer for the Rangoli Dance Company. She has worked extensively behind the curtain as stage manager and production designer for most of their productions. Lakshmi continues to perform and has been actively dancing for 30 years. She additionally serves on the board of the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles and is on the faculty for Carnegie Mellon University’s MEIM program in Independent Film Acquisitions.
Lakshmi has a BA in Theater with a Minor in Italian (2005), and a Masters in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon University (2009). She additionally studied abroad in Bologna, Italy and interned with the Cineteca di Bologna.
Suresh Iyengar was born in Dharwar, India, to a family of artists. He is a sculptor, painter, float builder, and a craftsman. Having been a visual artist since childhood, he has enhanced his skills by attending sculpture workshops in Pietrasanta, Italy, Cambria, and Los Angeles.
Suresh has been a sculptor and a contributing float-building artist for the City of Burbank Rose Bowl Float since 2004. He has won numerous awards and recognitions from the City of Burbank for his sculptures and artwork. His art works have been a part of Rangoli Dance Company performances and other site-specific concerts, museums, events, installations, and weddings all over California. His sculptures and paintings are also part of a private collection. Suresh has received multiple nominations for outstanding achievement in set design by the Los Angeles based Lester Horton Dance Award Committee. He is the recipient of the ‘Kannada Kala Bhushana Award ’ by the Karnataka Cultural Association, Los Angeles in 1999.
In addition to being an artist and a dentist by profession, Iyengar has been an avid jogger and a marathon runner from 1976 – 2013. He has completed several Marathons all over the United States and abroad. The list includes prestigious Marathons such as The Boston 100th Marathon, Paris, London, Munich, Chicago, Portland, St Louis, Honolulu, Big Sur, San Diego, Carlsbad, and Los Angeles. His best time in completing a marathon was 3:17 at the Carlsbad Marathon in 1996.