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 of […]

Sishya: Bharatnatyam Dancer Priya Vishwanathan {Spotlight}

Meet Priya,  a Bharatnatyam dancer and a senior at Chantilly high school and at Nrityanjali, Fairfax VA.   How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am currently 17 years old and go to Chantilly High School. In the fall I will be attending the University of Virginia and hopefully majoring in […]

Bharatnatyam Guru: Shanthi Ashok {Spotlight}

BharatnatyamShanthi Ashok is a Bharatnatyam teacher and is the founder of Nrityanjali, a bharatnatyam school in Fairfax, VA. She lives in the Fairfax area with her husband and two daughters, who are also accomplished dancers.    1. When did you start your dance school and describe your first year.  In 2001, one of my very […]

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 […]

Trilochana: An Indian Classical Thematic Dance Presentation

Trilochana. The Lord With Three Eyes. Lord Shiva. Our Lord Nataraja. Kuchipudi: Kathak: Bharatnatyam: A confluence of three classic styles, each so unique and yet a bringing together that speaks as one. Don’t miss this spectacular show by our dance schools, Kalamandapam, Nrityanjali and Laasya Dance Academy from Northern VA as they both entertain and […]