Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Jahnavi Chindepalli {Spotlight}

Jahnavi is a student of Kuchipudi and a dancer at Kalamandapam, Fairfax, VA. She learns from Guru Mrinalini Sadananda and guru Kavitha Cheedalla.  1, How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am 18 years old and I am a senior at Fairfax High School. I plan on attending the University of […]

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 […]

Sishya: Kathak Dancer Swara Bhatt {Spotlight}

Swara Bhatt is a student of Kathak and is a sophomore at Robinson High School. This is what the girl with the sweetest smile has to say: 1.When did you start dancing and who are your gurus? I started dancing from the age of 7, and I haven’t stopped since. Throughout this time, I have […]

Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Neha Ratnapuri {Spotlight}

Neha Ratnapuri is a student of Kuchipudi and a dancer at Kalamandapam, Fairfax, VA. She learns from Guru Mrinalini Sadananda and guru Kavitha Cheedalla. 1, How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am 18 years old and a senior at Georgetown Day School, DC 2. When did you start dancing and […]

A Kuchipudi Love Story: The beginning

My first love for dance was through Kuchipudi. The dance form was taught to me by the one and only guru who brought it to life, Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, who is synonymous with Kuchipudi. I still remember the evening when my father seated me, all of 10 years old tall and lanky, on his […]