Our Staff


Lavanya Thamire

Company Dancer, Kuchipudi Teacher, School Manager

A talented and graceful dancer, Lavanya received her early training under Smt. Bala Kondala Rao, Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam’s leading student in Vizaq, India. She also trained under Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam in the summers when he visited Vizaq and conducted summer camps.

Lavanya joined Kalanidhi Dance as a student in 2005. She immersed herself into the study of Kuchipudi under Anuradha Nehru’s guidance, and trained with Kishore Mosalikanti during Kalanidhi’s summer camp sessions. With her passion for Kuchipudi and hard work, she quickly became a Kalanidhi Dance company member. Lavanya began dancing actively with the company in 2007 at several venues in the DC metropolitan area.

Given her commitment and dedication, Lavanya was selected to become a teacher at Kalanidhi in 2008, and in 2013 accepted a role as the School Manager.

Kishore Mosalikanti

Kishore Mosalikanti

Kuchipudi Teacher, Choreographer

A brilliant artist, Jaikishore Mosalikanti has mastered every aspect of Kuchipudi and has earned a reputation as a formidable Kuchipudi exponent in India, United States and Europe.

Kishore, an outstanding performer, participated in several prestigious dance festivals in India and is the recipient of the Natya Visharada and the Yuva Kala Vipanchee awards.

A respected teacher, Kishore’s thoughtfulness and uncompromising insistence on proper form and technique, makes him one of the most sought after Kuchipudi professionals that is invited by Kuchipudi schools worldwide.

A prolific and original choreographer, he has been recognized by scholars, critics and connoisseurs of art, both for his choreographic and performance skills.

We are proud to have Kishore as our resident staff member who conducts classes at Kalanidhi dance every summer.