The Company

Under the direction of award-winning artist and educator Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance captivates audiences with exquisitely conceptualized performances that push Kuchipudi in new and exciting directions. The New York Times has called Kalanidhi a “combination of bright energy, full-bodied sweetness and rapid precision” and “a rare amalgam of prime dance virtues.”


Central to the company’s artistic philosophy is the belief that dialogue with other artists nourishes creativity. Kalanidhi regularly collaborates with local and international partners across performing arts genres to extend the reach of the company, enrich its dancers, and push the boundaries of Kuchipudi. Its recent partnership with Opera LaFayette seamlessly blended classical Kuchipudi dance elements with 18th and 19th century French opera in The Celebrations of Marriage and Love, or the Gods of Egypt and Lalla Roukh. The New York Times called Kalanidhi “exquisite,” noting “...the dance stole the show.”


The company has presented its work regularly in the U.S. and around the world, including Wolf Trap, National Theatre, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, Joyce SoHo, the Erasing Borders Festival, Drive East, Singapore Arts Alliance, Kalakshetra Foundation, and at innumerable community organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. In 2007, the company became the first ensemble based outside India to perform at the Delhi Ananya Festival. According to The Hindu, its performance of Rasa “took the audience by storm.”

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