Treasuring History, Transcending Tradition

This is the story of Kalanidhi Dance – from its modest, grassroots beginnings to a vibrant school and company making its mark on the dance landscape in the United States and beyond. Scroll through the years and read more about our 25-year history through this interactive timeline.

Introduction

In 2016, Kalanidhi Dance celebrates 25 years of creative excellence under the leadership of Artistic Director Anuradha Nehru. Anuradha is a dancer, educator, and choreographer...
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1963: Changing Tradition

The late Padmabhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam, a pioneer in the art form, trained generations...
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1990: The Epiphany

Anuradha’s dance epiphany occurred in 1990. During one of his U.S. tours, Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam...
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1990: New Opportunities

Anuradha’s re-immersion in dance brought with it other artistic opportunities...
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1991: Modest Beginnings

In 1991, Anuradha established the Kuchipudi Kalanidhi Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization...
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1992: Student Showcase

In 1992, Kuchipudi Kalanidhi students participated in the school's first annual student performance....
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1993: Principal Dancer

Anuradha's dance career continued to grow as one of the principal dancers ...
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1993: Kuchipudi Retrospective

In December 1993, Anuradha participated in Kuchipudi Mahotsav, a major retrospective and conference held in Mumbai...
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1994: Summer Intensives

In 1994, Anuradha invited her guru Vempati Chinna Satyam to lead summer intensives for students at Kalanidhi...
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1994: State Recognition

As Anuradha's career grew to new heights, the State of Maryland recognized her contribution to the arts...
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1995: Chandalika, a Debut

Chandalika, originally choreographed by Vempati Chinna Satyam, is a full-length Kuchipudi ballet inspired by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s...
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1996: First Rangapravesham

Amrita Lahiri was the first student to complete her Rangapravesham, or dance debut with Anuradha Nehru...
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1996: Chennai Intensive

In 1996, Kalanidhi students accompanied Anuradha to the Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai...
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1997: International Soloist

By 1997, Anuradha was an established dancer in the United States and beyond...
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1998: Kucihipudi Prathidhwani

In 1998, Kalanidhi Dance sponsored the Kuchipudi Art Academy’s U.S. tour entitled “Kuchipudi Prathidhwani”...
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1996-Present: Rangapraveshams

Since 1996, a number of young dancers have completed their formative dance education with Anuradha. The rangapravesham...
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1998: Indonesia Chapter

Anuradha departed for Indonesia in 1998 and the school was put on a temporary hold... in the United States. During this period...
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2003: New Beginnings

After a brief period in Indonesia, Anuradha returned to the United States and a new phase...
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2003: New Faculty

Since 2003, prominent Kuchipudi artist Jaikishore Mosalikanti has continued in his guru's tradition...
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2005: The Dance Company

In 2005, Anuradha became the Artistic Director of Kalanidhi Dance, the first professional...
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2005: Navarasa Debuts

Anuradha Nehru and Kishore Mosalikanti conceived and choreographed Navarasa, a full-length Kuchipudi ballet...
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2006: Kid Camp

In 2006, Kalanidhi combined summer camp with a new annual tradition, Kalanidhi Kid Camp...
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2007: Rasa Tour of India

In October 2007, Kalanidhi Dance debuted Rasa in India...
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2008: Transcending Tradition

In 2008, Kalanidhi organized Transcending Tradition introducing new audiences to the Company’s work and beyond...
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2008: New York Debut

Kalanidhi Dance Company presented an evening of traditional and new choreographic pieces ...
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2009: Bhagmati Debuts

Anuradha Nehru and Kishore Mosalikanti collaborated on their second original full-length production in 2009. Bhagmati is based on the true story set...
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2010: Joyce SoHo Debut

Kalanidhi Dance was the first professional Kuchipudi dance ensemble to be invited to perform at the Joyce SoHo...
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2011: Siva-Shakti Debuts

Kalanidhi continued its commitment to expanding audiences in Indian classical dance...
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2013: Lalla Roukh Debuts

Kalanidhi Dance collaborated with Opera Lafayette in a modern re-staging of Felicien David’s 19th century French opera, Lalla Roukh...
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2013: A Junior Dance Company

Kalanidhi’s Junior Dance Company made their professional debut at the Library of Congress...
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2014: Les Fetes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour

Kalanidhi collaborated with Opera La Fayette in a modern re-staging of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s...
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Today

Today, Kalanidhi celebrates over 25 years of education, choreography, and performance in the Kuchipudi idiom...
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