Kalanidhi Dance explores creative and contemporary ideas using the vocabulary of Kuchipudi while retaining the essence and integrity of the classical form. Trained in the rigors of the Vempati style, Kalanidhi Dance, a professional Indian dance company in the DC area, has gained the reputation of being one of the best Kuchipudi ensembles in the country.
An important part of the company’s mission is to promote dialogue in the arts and to nourish creativity through interaction with artists of other styles and genres. Kalanidhi has collaborated with several U.S. based and international artists and has presented its work at several prestigious venues and dance festivals in the U.S. and around the world. Kalanidhi’s work is recognized and funded by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Born out of the vision of founder and artistic director, Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance continues to make strides in the realm of Kuchipudi performance, outreach and education. Anuradha began teaching Kuchipudi in 1991 and offers classes seven days a week, developing new generations of Kuchipudi dancers trained to the highest professional standards. The company regularly organizes interactive workshops and performances by visiting artists, further spreading an appreciation for Indian arts and culture. As a repertory company, Kalanidhi Dance upholds these high standards in creativity and performance.