Rimli Roy receives the NJ State Council on the Arts 2024 Individual Artist Fellowship award


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Rimli Roy, Surati Founder and Artistic Director has received the NJ State Council on the Arts 2024 Individual Artist Fellowship award. Ms Roy is a recipient in the Interdisciplinary category which uses two or more artistic forms from the categories listed for this award in alternate years. She is also a past recipient of the Folk Arts Apprenticeship award from the NJSCA and the Sunshine Award in 2023.

“The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is pleased to share the exciting news that Ms Rimli Roy is among 76 artists selected from 692 eligible applicants in six artistic disciplines to be awarded a 2024 Individual Artist Fellowship. Your work was reviewed by a panel of peers working in your field, and they evaluated it to be of very high artistic quality. A Fellowship …will be awarded to you in recognition of the outstanding work you are doing and in the hope that it will enable you to further your artistic goals, ” stated NJSCA.

Roy is an artiste, dancer, choreographer, producer, director, actor, visionary and humanitarian from Kolkata, India who embarked on her artistic journey at the age of 4,  immersing herself first in classical Indian dance forms like Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Manipuri under renowned gurus of India, while also learning Western classical pianoforte under the tutelage of the Trinity College of Music, London as well as Indian Classical music (Hindustani vocals and harmonium).

Her quest led her to explore beyond traditional practices. Significant milestones in her journey are the creation of productions like “Glimpses of India” and “Ramaavan – A Musical” that seamlessly blend genres from the East and the West. Ms. Roy’s artistry has graced iconic venues such as the United Nations, The Kennedy Center and The Library of Congress in D.C, The Lincoln Center in NYC, The Reichhold Center at the U.S Virgin Islands, The Indian Consulate in NYC, Times Square NYC, and The Alaska Performing Arts Center. Beyond her performances, she nurtures budding dancers and collaborates with tri-state organizations to democratize the arts. Her ensemble beautifully reflects her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Surati For Performing Arts nonprofit organization that educates and enriches communities through dance, music, and theatre rooted in Indian art, themes and culture. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, Surati brings to the communities of the tristate area and beyond a range of traditional and contemporary dance theatre and original staged productions which the company has also extensively toured with. Surati also produces several cultural festivals throughout the year. 

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