Our Founder

Anuradha Nehru

Founder, Director, Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer

Anuradha Nehru is a Kuchipudi dancer, teacher, choreographer and founder/director of Kalanidhi Dance Company. Kalanidhi dance is a non-profit organization dedicated to Indian Dance, in particular to the Kuchipudi style of Indian classical dance.

 

Anuradha performed worldwide as the principal dancer with Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam’s troupe from 1996 – 2002. She established herself as a leading Kuchipudi exponent in India and the United States. She has taught and developed new generations of Kuchipudi dancers in the United States, and toured with them across the country, as well as to South East Asia and India. Many of her students have gone on to become leading dance professionals in their own right.

 

Anuradha has also produced, directed and performed in shows at several national venues in the United States, including the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap, and the Joyce Soho Theater. Her original production of Navarasa (The Nine Moods) premiered in Washington DC in 2005, and subsequently toured India in 2007. Her troupe performed it in front of the Old Fort in New Delhi at the Ananya festival, one of India’s most prestigious dance festivals.

 

Her other major productions which have received critical acclaim include, Transcending TraditionsYaatra, the historical ballet Bhagmati, and Siva Shakti to name a few.

 

Reflecting her willingness to explore new genres, Anuradha most recently collaborated with the La Fayette Opera Company in the production of “Lalla Roukh”, a 19th Century French opera situated in India. Her choreography received considerable praise for blending seamlessly with the rest of the operatic action and for bringing beauty, grace, and the flavor of India to this unique production.

 

Anuradha has been recognized by the Governor of Maryland for her dedicated service to the arts and has been supported by the Maryland State Arts Council. She is a recipient of the Master/Apprentice grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and a “Teacher Recognition Certificate” from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 2016, Anuradha received the Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

 

Anuradha is one of the founding members of the Indian Dance Educators’ Association (IDEA), a non-profit umbrella organization of Indian dance professionals established to serve classical dancers and dance lovers, and served as the organization’s Chairperson for two terms.

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