Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi Dancer: Sahiti Rachakonda

Sahiti Rachakonda started her training in the Kuchipudi at the age of 5, and continued learning under Smt. Anuradha Nehru at Kalanidhi Dance since 2010. Sahiti began performing with the Kalanidhi Dance company in 2017, and has since participated in various productions across the United States, including “Bhoomi,” “Poetry of Love,” “Why We Dance,”  and …

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Baithak Event: Ashta Nayika ..Of Love And Lovers

Baithak Baithak or Bethak literally means “seat” or “place to seat” in several languages from South Asia. Tandavam aims to delve into giving a deeper appreciation of arts for the art lover, and as a result, Baithak series came about. These will allow a coming together of art, artiste and the art lover in a way that brings …

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Sishya: Kuchipudi & Bharatnatyam Dancer Sumi Rao {Spotlight}

Sumi (Kusum) is a student of Kuchipudi and a dancer at Kalamandapam, Fairfax, VA. She learns from Guru Mrinalini Sadananda and guru Kavitha Cheedalla. She also learns Bharatnatyam under Guru Shanthi Ashok at Nrityanjali. She is a freshman at Chantilly High School, VA.When did you start dancing and who are your gurus? I started dancing at the age …

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Kuchipudi Guru: Kavitha Cheedalla {Spotlight}

Kuchipudi Kavitha Cheedalla is the acting Director of Kalamandapam – a Kuchipudi school in Fairfax, VA. Originally started under the guidance of Guru Mrinalini Sadananda, Kavitha runs the institution along with the help of other volunteer teachers. Kavitha’s childhood dream of learning to dance got realized when she joined Kalamandapam as a student in 1999 …

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