Two prominent Indian Americans are on this year’s membership list for the National Council on the Arts.
Ranee Ramaswamy, an award-winning Indian American Bharatanatyam dancer, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 17; while arts philanthropist Deepa Gupta, who was confirmed in 2012, will serve through 2016.
Ramaswamy, a master choreographer, performer, and teacher of Bharatanatyam, is founder and co-artistic director of the Ragamala Dance Company in Minneapolis, Minn.
Gupta is based in Chicago, where she serves as the director of education initiatives and strategy in the global corporate citizenship group at The Boeing Company. Prior to Boeing, Gupta served as a program officer for the MacArthur Foundation, where she managed its MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the foundation’s arts and culture grant program. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in public policy and biology from the University of Chicago.
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