About Kalanidhi Dance

Founded in 1991 by Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance is a non-profit
organization 501(c)3, that is committed to the preservation, promotion and
education of Kuchipudi dance, an Indian Classical dance style that originated
in Andhra pradesh, India.

Our Vision: Promote Kuchipudi Indian
classical dance and make it an integral part of the American
Performance arts landscape.
Our Mission: 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 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. It has also trained and developed
new generations of Kuchipudi dancers in the U.S, while touring
with them across the country and in India and South East Asia.
Kalanidhi Dance aspires to maintain an uncompromising commitment
to the highest standards of the Indian classical dance tradition while
pushing its boundaries to experiment with different forms of artistic
expression in dance to access new audiences.

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.