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 Rithika Ashok {Spotlight}

Meet Rithika, a Bharatnatyam dancer and a senior at Chantilly High school in Fairfax, VA. She is the daughter of Shanthi Ashok,  bharatnatyam teacher at Nrityanjali.    How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I’m 17 years old, a senior at Chantilly High School, and plan on attending William and Mary University […]

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 […]

Sishya: Bharatnatyam Dancer Stuthi Iyer {Spotlight}

Meet Stuthi, a Bharatnatyam dancer and a senior at Thomas Jefferson High school for Science and Technology. How old are you and what do you do? (grade/school/college) I am 18 years old and a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Ecstatic to share that I just committed to attending the University […]