January 26 & 31, 2013
Kalanidhi Dancers performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and then again at the Lincoln Center in New York in January 2013, in a unique collaboration with Opera Lafayette in its production of Lalla Roukh.
Written by Félicien David in the 19th century, the opera first opened at Opera-Comique in Paris in 1862 where it played a highly successful run. It virtually remained in obscurity after that, till Ryan Brown of Opera Lafayette, which specializes in French baroque pieces, was taken with the idea of reviving it.
Lalla Roukh, based on a poem by Thomas Moore, tells the story of Lalla Roukh, daughter of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who is en route from Delhi to Samarkand to marry its king. The royal party encounters a troubadour on a mountain pass in Kashmir with whom the princess falls in love. She is besotted with the idea of rejecting the royal match to marry the pauper poet. In a charming twist of a sweet romantic tale, the Lalla Roukh’s beloved reveals himself to be the king disguised to test Lalla Roukh’s heart.
The staging of the opera blended exquisite French operatic music and song with the beauty and grace of Kuchipudi dance and movement. Anuradha Nehru, artistic director of Kuchipudi Kalanidhi, choreographed vibrant, energetic ensemble pieces as well as an exquisite solo reflecting the underlying romance of the scene. The well-trained, light-footed Kalanidhi dancers were magnificent, as they glided seamlessly and effortlessly to the beguiling tunes of Lalla Roukh.
Lalla Roukh played on January 26, 2013 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St NW in Washington, DC and on January 31, 2013 at the Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle in New York.
Sept 29, 2012
Kishore and Padmavani Mosalikanti presented an evening of melodious music, rich narrative, and beautiful movement in the Kuchipudi style at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring Maryland.
Kishore, a dedicated teacher at Kalanidhi’s summer camps is a powerful performer, and considered one of India’s outstanding Kuchipudi choreographers and nattuvanars. His Washington performance was the last in his 2012 U.S. tour.
“Dvayam” also featured a few of Kalanidhi young students who recently won first prize in the classical dance category at the ‘Live Band & Dance competition’ organized by “Hope for Humanity” as a fund raising event, on September 16th, 2012 at the Siva Vishnu temple. Hope for Humanity supports numerous causes worldwide from educating the needy in the rural impoverished villages in India to helping feed the hungry in the local inner city areas of Washington DC. Sixteen other dance groups participated in the competition.
Guru Samarpanam: A tribute to Legend Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam
October 12, 2012
The DC Metro Area Patrons and Kuchipudi Dance Schools organized Guru Samaprpanam, a presentation of the great master, Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam’s choreographies, on October 20th, 2012. Several of his outstanding students from USA and India participated in this very special effort to remember him and his contribution to the art of Kuchipudi dance. An all day affair, Guru Vempati Chinnasatyam’s students performed from 10am – 7pm at the Watkins Mill High in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
September 18, 2011
Siva-Shakti showcased two South Indian classical styles, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. A live orchestra from India supported each performance. Kalanidhi Dance presented its own talented dancers at Kalanidhi, together with one of Bharatanatyam’s prominent couples, Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon. Shijith and Parvathy are both graduates from Kalakshetra, the premier dance institution in India.
Shijith and Parvathy presented a thematic production on Easwara (or Siva), and Kalanidhi Dance on Shakti, which resulted in the presentation of Siva-Shakti.
More Notable Performances
Yaatra: Joyce SoHo, New York (2010)
Engendered Festival: New York (2010)
Erasing Borders Festival: Asia Society, Washington DC (2010)
Bhagmati: Atlas Performing Arts Center (2009)
The Young Hanuman: Children’s Theater, Wolf Trap (2009)
Transcending Tradition: Greenberg Theater, American University (2008)
National Theatre (2008)
Navarasa : Toured India and participated in the ‘Ananya Festival’ in New Delhi, Shilparamam in Hyderabad and at the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai. (2007)
Navarasa: DanCelebration, Parilla Performing Arts Center (2005)
On Krishna: Smithsonian Institution (2004)
Nrityamalika: BlackRock Center for the Arts (2004)
Kaleidoscope of Kuchipudi: Parilla performing Arts Center (2003)
Tour with Kuchipudi Art Academy: 35 states in the U.S. (1998)
Colors: IDEA, Lisner Auditorium (1997)
Agni: Canberra Performing Arts Center (1996)
Chandalika: Smithsonian Institute (1995)
An Evening of Indian Dance: National Geographic (1994)