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Chitra Kalyandurg

Artist Name: Chitra Kalyandurg
Place: Rockville, MD, USA
Website(s): www.kalanidhi.org

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5804 Inman Park Circle
Rockville, MD 20852

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Chitra Kalyandurg is a performer, educator and choreographer based in Rockville, MD.  She has been a student of Kuchipudi since 1989 and began training with renowned Kuchipudi artist and guru, Anuradha Nehru in 1994.  She has also trained with artists such as Kishore Mosalikanti, Sasikala Penumarthi, Mrinalini Sadananda,Vempati Ravi Shankar, and Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam.  Chitra is both a solo artist as well as a performer with the Kalanidhi Dance Company.  She has performed at venues such as Joyce SoHo, National Geographic Society, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and Dance Place. 

In 2007, Chitra took part in Kalanidhi Dance’s tour to India, where she performed at the celebrated Ananya Festival of Dance.  In 2008 she studied dance and choreography in India with the support of a Creative Projects grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. 

Chitra is a recipient of the prestigious 2009 Princess Grace Dance Honoraria for her artistic excellence in Kuchipudi. In 2010, Chitra was selected to create and present an original, collaborative theater piece alongside two other artists for the Source Theater Festival.  Also in 2010, Chitra collaborated with Shailaja Maru-Jauhari to produce and perform “On the Temple Path,” a thematic presentation in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. For two years, Chitra performed with Bharatanatyam dancer Lakshmi Swaminathan as an artist with the Maryland chapter of Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, a national organization for arts in education.  She is currently the S&T Policy Fellowships Program Associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.