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 […]

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 […]

Fundraiser For Ekam-USA

One month. It took us just a couple of weeks to gather 9 schools and get together 60 dancers to come together for a seamless afternoon of 2.5 hours of non-stop classical dancing, each vying for class, perfection, and beauty. We fundraised for Ekam USA a grand sum of $1115 (after expenses, and mainly towards […]