Malathi Iyengar is a Los Angeles based choreographer, dancer, writer, and visual artist. Iyengar holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and Performance from University of California, Los Angeles. Iyengar studied Bharatanatyam (classical dance of India) from guru Narmada of Bangalore, India and choreography and improvisation under the mentorship of Marion Scott.
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 is an adjunct faculty at the Santa Monica College Dance Department.