Kalanidhi travels across America

About the Project



Kalanidhi Dance Company, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization now in its 14th season, is seeking your support as we continue to build our audiences across the United States. With the help of NEA grant and your support, we see a perfect opportunity to build new audiences and deepen community connections. We are asking for your contributions so that we can cover our costs associated with expanding our reach, build new community connections beyond our local area and help increase the impact of our most recent work, Bhoomi, a commentary on climate change.

Kalanidhi Press Reviews:

“Bhoomi crackles with energy — tight, synchronized formations of dancers depict everything from the five elements, to modern technology, to destructive fires and floods. The performers equally take on the role of spectator and participant in the narrative [...] Bhoomi will ask you to face uncomfortable truths about how we connect to our environment, but as always, there’s hope.” -- DC Journalism Project, Dance Metro DC

“This superb company...has constantly beautiful choreography by Anuradha Nehru and Chitra Kalyandurg. The developing harmonies of the all-female septet, “Why We Dance: Community”...were ravishing.” -- Alastair Macaulay, New York Times

Founded in 1991 by Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance is a Maryland-based nonprofit committed to the preservation, promotion, and education of Kuchipudi, a classical South Indian dance style. Kalanidhi aims to create a community of passionate classical Indian dancers and dance lovers in the United States and serve as a culture center to foster and present traditional classical Indian dance while pushing its boundaries and exploring new horizons.


How will these funds be used

  • Artist fees, including rehearsal, production and performance costs
  • Covering partial travel and housing costs for up to nine dancers
Matching Sponsors

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $3,500 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $50 or more

    We'll be sure to list your name as a supporter on our website and in our printed programs.

    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $150 or more

    In addition to seeing your name on our website and in our printed programs, you will be invited to an open rehearsal in our studio prior to Kalanidhi Dance's fall production.

    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    All of the above plus a 25% discount on 2 premium tickets to the Kalanidhi Dance Company's fall production.

    Amount over $25 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    You receive acknowledgement on our website and printed programs, an invitation to our fall show open rehearsal, 2 premium tickets to Kalanidhi Dance's fall production, and an invitation to a wine and cheese reception before our fall production.

    Amount over $150 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    At the leadership level, you receive acknowledgement on our website and printed programs, an invitation to our fall show open rehearsal, 3 tickets to our fall production, an invitation to a wine and cheese reception before our fall production, plus free access to our signature Salon Series for one year.

    Amount over $200 is tax-deductible
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