About Kalanidhi Dance

Founded in 1991 by Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance is a Maryland-based nonprofit committed to the preservation, promotion, and education of Kuchipudi, a classical South Indian dance style. Kalanidhi aims to create a community of passionate classical Indian dancers and dance lovers in the United States and serve as a culture center to foster and present traditional classical Indian dance while pushing its boundaries and exploring new horizons.


Inspire appreciation for Kuchipudi dance through artistic excellence, creative performances, high quality educational programs and collaborations.

In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to:

  • Maintaining and enhancing the status of Kalanidhi Dance as a dance company rooted in the classical Indian tradition.
  • Creating original, high quality artistic work that remains authentic to the Kuchipudi style.
  • Pushing the boundaries of Kuchipudi through collaborations with local and international artists and across various genres.
  • Attracting students at an early age and helping them reach their full potential through rigorous instruction.
  • Empowering dancers to become professional artists through enrichment programs.
Kalanidhi Dance

Kalanidhi Dance has captivated audiences in the U.S. and around the world, demystifying the rich and ancient tradition of Kuchipudi dance through exquisitely conceptualized and choreographed performances. As an internationally renowned dance company, it has earned a stellar reputation for artistic expression as well as creative collaboration. Read More

Kalanidhi Dance is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Our Vision

Promote Kuchipudi Indian classical dance and make it an integral part of the American performance arts landscape.


Our Vision
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