Vani Ganapathy is a Bharatanatyam exponent who began her training with T.A Rajalakshmi at Calcutta at the age of four and had her arangetram at the age of seven. Her move to Bombay brought her under the tutelage of gurus Mahalingam Pillai, Govindaraja Pillai and Kalyanasundaram. For many years Vani danced along with her sister Meera and the duet performances were well received in Bombay.
Vani moved to Chennai after marriage, and from 1986, she began performing on her own establishing herself as a successful solo artiste. Besides performing extensively in India, she has performed in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East, and China. A move to Bangalore saw her further career by establishing the dance institution ‘Sancari’ where she trains students in Bharatanatyam.
Vani Ganapathy is a talented artiste whose presence is seen in other fields related to art. In the mid - seventies she presented a TV series The Rich Heritage for Doordarshan on the four classical styles of dance in the Young World programme. It was Doordarshan’s entry at the Blue Danube Festival in Europe and was later telecast by BBC.
Vani Ganapathy had a three year stint with Doordarshan and the Censor Board committee. She has been on the jury of the Indian Panorama for the International Film Festival.