Baithak: Ashta Nayika {Kuchipudi Dancers}

Kuchipudi Dancers The two Kuchipudi dancers, Sneha Babu and Sumi Rao will be presenting Nayika pieces from their Kuchipudi repertoire. Which of the 8 would they perform? Come watch on Feb 8th 2020! All 8 pieces deal with EIGHT conditions (awastha) of the heroine with respect to their hero, as prescribed within the Natyashastra by [...]

Baithak: Ashta Nayika {Kathak Dancers}

Kathak Dancers The two kathak dancers, Shaalini Desai and Rupali Bhave will be presenting Nayika pieces from their Kathak repertoire. All 8 pieces deal with EIGHT conditions (awastha) of the heroine with respect to their hero, as prescribed within the Natyashastra by Bharata muni. 2 of these pieces will be portrayed by the dancers. Bios [...]

Kathak Teacher: Sheila Oak

Read on about Sheila Oak and her Kathak journey in the DMV! 1. Tell us about yourself: In addition to directing the Kathak program for Rhythmaya Dance and the Maryland Bollywood programs, Sheila received her MBA at University of Maryland and B.S. in from the School of Engineering at George Mason University. Sheila lived and worked in investment banking [...]

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 [...]