Tanvi Rao is a performing artist. She started learning the style of Bharathanatyam at the tender age of 4, under Guru Smt Geetha Saralaya and Smt. Rashmi Chidanand, Mangaluru. She continued to self-learn and choreograph other forms of dance. She won various national level competitions at a young age, such as the “Dhinak Dhin Dha” at the age of 6 (organized by Delhi Doordarshan, judged by the renowned Pandit Jai Kishan Maharaj) and the Parle G “Dum Duma Dum” (Mumbai Doordarshan) at the age of 8. She was awarded “Apoorva Bala Prathibhe” by Padmavibhushan Dr Veerendra Hegde at the age of 9, and given the Karnataka State award for exceptional achievement in the field of culture, by the Governor of Karnataka, when she was 10 years of age.
She completed her Bharathanatyam Rangapravesha (the debut) at the age of 10, in the jam-packed Mangalore Town hall in November 2008, and completed her Vidwath exams when she was 17 years of age, with distinction. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts, English and Psychology, taking theatre as her major. She then took up various acting workshops, and interned and collaborated for various theatre productions.
She has given dance and theatrical performances at many prestigious platforms in India as well as in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Scotland, and the USA. She travelled around 8 cities of the United states of America with a fellow performer, Bharath Ram, receiving standing ovation at every venue.
She has also earned appreciation and blessings from great personalities like Honorable Dr Sri A P J Abdul Kalam ji, Suresh Wadkar, Udith Narayan , Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Kadri Gopalnath, Anjali Tendulkar etc. The people’s President of India, Bharatha Ratna Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam personally met her and congratulated her on her little achievements and wished her success on her path ahead.
Tanvi now continues to pursue dance and acting. She has appeared on the big screen as well as the small screen, and hopes to understand and uphold art in her own way.
After scoring 98% in 10th board exams missing state rank by 7 marks she again scored 98 % in PCMB in her second PU ( 12th grade ) and she decided to follow her passion by taking BA in Performing Arts ( Dance and Theatre) with Psychology and English ( instead of choosing MBBS), at Christ University Bangalore where she graduated in May 2019 with First Rank. She took a one-year break from her studies and explored practical theatre and dance platforms in Mumbai till March 2020 and performed at Prithvi Theatre, NCPA Mumbai etc during this period. Now apart from pursuing her career in acting, she is doing MA in Psychology at IGNOU as on May 2021.
Tanvi is also a brown belt holder in Karate.