Press

Press

“This superb company…has constantly beautiful choreography by Anuradha Nehru and Chitra Kalyandurg. The developing harmonies of the all-female septet, “Why We Dance: Community”…were ravishing.”

- Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, August 2017

“The polished, …Kalanidhi ensemble injected kuchipudi into Felicien David’s 1862 opera Lalla Roukh…featuring fanning fingers and angled limbs, and kaleidoscopic circles of young women skimming the floor and springing like gazelles.”

- Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times, August 2017

“I’ve never seen such a polished, professional display of Kuchipudi before. I was blown away. The attention to detail was impeccable.”

- Christina Lindenmuth, Dance Metro DC, DC Dance Journalism Project, November 2016

“The Kalanidhi Dance Company….furthers the Kuchipudi tradition of Indian dance. The “mudras” or hand postures, helped unify the whole evening…dancers would periodically sweep onto the stage…taking the energetic experience of the whole work to a higher level.”

- Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene, October 2014

“…the exquisite Kalanidhi dance troupe…add vibrant touches of authenticity to the dress and movement of characters…”

- Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, February 2013

“The Kalanidhi combination of bright energy, full-bodied sweetness and rapid precision; its wealth of multidirectional focus, physical detail and expressive nuance; the abundant spectacle of its groupings and geometries; its multilayered connection to its music; the beautiful pliancy of the spine; the vitality of the feet and arms: these make for a rare amalgam of prime dance virtues…”

- Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, January 24, 2010

“It is an exciting development in Kuchipudi that this tradition can be remolded and rewritten for international audiences without any of the form’s essence being compromised. In this regard Kuchipudi Kalanidhi has a great deal to be proud of.”

- Prithi Kanakamedala, Narthaki.com, 2009

“American-based Kalanidhi troupe took the audience by storm.”

- Leela Venkataraman, The Hindu, October 2007

“Nehru uses Kuchipudi, the deliciously graceful yet rhythmically pungent South Indian classical form, as the expressive base from which she urges her eight dancers onto an epic and expressive quest. “Navarasa” blended both traditional and contemporary elements in a fully realized evening.”

- Lisa Traiger, Washington Post, September 2005

“She [Nehru] can convey more emotion by lifting her little finger in the air and sliding her eyes sideways, than I can with all the words in this review…”

- Heather T. Mitchell, Washington Post, May 1997

“A remarkable performance… [Nehru is] the most accomplished dancer that Vempati has trained…. Her involvement and obvious relish is infectious”

- Subbudu, Statesman, August 1993
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