Latha Sambamurti

Latha, a Washington State Arts Commissioner, served on the Redmond Arts and Culture Commission for two successive terms. She has been doing many arts and cultural projects with the City of Redmond. She is the Artistic, Outreach and Development Director of several large scale festivals of art and culture in King County, such as Ananda Mela and Festival of Color (Redmond), Flavors of India (Bellevue), Diwali: Lights of India (Seattle, under the Festal series at the, Seattle Center), Festival of Compassion (downtown Seattle), and VegFest (vegetarian, vegan, raw food festival, Redmond). She is a producer, promoter and presenter of arts and cultural showcases of India at various international events and festivals.

She serves as a Director on the boards of reputed arts and cultural organizations such as Center for Washington’s Cultural Traditions, Seattle Latino Film Festival, Northwest Folklife, Asia Pacific Cultural Center (in Tacoma), and Kirkland Performance Center. She also served on the Advisory Board of 4Culture and on the 4Culture task force set up by King County. She is an onsite reviewer of arts and cultural organizations funded by 4Culture. She serves as a grant panelist for Washington State Arts Commission and for 4Culture. She is also a team captain for arts advocacy at the Capitol in Olympia.

She received Kirkland Performance Center’s “You Rock” award in 2017 for excellence in community service. She also received the Women Ikon award in 2018 for her service to the community through arts and culture. She has been formulating syllabus and teaching for many years at Balvihar, an Indian heritage class for children of immigrants. She is a trained Carnatic musician, as well as a teacher, lecturer, and singer with a number of solo and ensemble performances in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and India. She is also the founder and leader of the band “Chai Tea Latte”.


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