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 […]

Kuchipudi Dancer: Bhavana Channavajjala

Bhavana has grown up in the Northern VA region and now attends University of Virginia. I’ve known her since she was a child, and she has always shown passion for learning dance. We are thrilled to showcase her. Read on! Introduce yourself: My name is Bhavana and I’m in my final semester of college at […]

Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Ananya Tadikonda {Spotlight}

Meet Ananya Tadikonda, a kuchipudi dancer and also from Maryland. She and her brother both practice Kuchipudi.   1, How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am 18 years old, and a 12th grader at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland. Next year, I will be attending the University of North […]

Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Pranav Tadikonda {Spotlight}

Meet Pranav Tadikonda! A young man from Maryland, who practices Kuchipudi with a passion!   1, How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am sixteen years old and I am a junior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland. 2. When did you start dancing and who are your gurus? I […]

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 […]