Sishya: Kuchipudi Dancer Srimanya Panidepu {Spotlight}

Srimanya is a student of Kuchipudi and a dancer at Kalamandapam, Fairfax, VA. She is a freshman at Centreville High School, 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’m 14 years old and I attend Centreville High School as a […]

Sishya: Kathak Dancer Prajakta Gogte {Spotlight}

Prajakta Gogte is a kathak student and lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband and two kids.   1.When did you start dancing and who are your gurus?  I started dancing at the age of 5, my gurus are – Guru Rekha Nadgauda, Pandita Maneesha Sathe and Guru Purvi Bhatt. 2. How do you prep for a dance performance? […]

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 […]

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 […]