India New England Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to the winner Jasmine Shah!
India Association of New Hampshire is extremely proud of this wonderful lady who has been such an inspiration to us.
She received the award yesterday at the 14th Annual Woman of the Year awards gala, where 20 outstanding women in areas of science, technology, business, healthcare, art and culture, and community and social services were also honored. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a woman who has contributed to the community for over a decade and especially to individuals who have made a significant impact in thousands of lives, and Jasmine Shah is one such unique human being in the New England area who inspired many through arts and culture to keep the Indian tradition alive in Indians and Americans living in the area. Shah is the founder of Aangikam Dance Academy in Nashua, NH, which teaches two classical style dances from India, Bharatanatyam and Manipuri, as well as folk dances from various regions of India.
Here is a brief summary of Shah’s achievements:
As an Indian classical dance teacher, Shah has taught over 2,000 students in last 25 years, and now the next generation of those students learning from her.
Many of her students have made tremendous progress in dancing after graduating from her class and carrying it forward to colleges, going for national and international championships.
Classical dance learning for over seven years in a row has provided these students with a skill of a lifetime. Students have utilized their dancing skills for raising funds for non-profits, weddings, competitions and for many more meaningful uses.