Kuchipudi Dance

Anisha Dharnipragada of Nrityalaya Dance Academy
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Anisha Dharnipragada

Anisha Dharnipragada is an upcoming Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer from Minnesota. Anisha has been learning dance and performing under the guidance of her mother and teacher Smt. Padmaja Dharnipragada for 13 years. Anisha performed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram on August 27, 2011. She has a passion for dance and propagates this beautiful art form through her performances, presentations, and workshops. Anisha has performed for many prestigious organizations including Target Inc., Ameriprise, and Land o’Lakes. She was also Vibha Taal Classical dance winner in 2011 and 2012, and Dheem Tana classical dance competitions winner- 2011 . Anisha was presented with the high-valued “Yuva Kala Vahani” award in Hyderabad, India. Anisha is headed to college next year, and she hopes to continue dancing through her college years and beyond.


Kuchipudi originated from Andhra Pradesh, India. Kuchipudi grew largely as a product of the Bhakti movement beginning in the seventh century A.D. It was in the 14th century, however, that the ascetic Siddhendra Yogi appeared on the scene and gave Kuchipudi a new definition and direction. Kuchipudi is characterized by fast rhythms and fluid movements, creating a unique blend of control and abandon, strength and delicacy.

Bharatanatyam originated from Tamilnadu, India. The Indian dance system is the oldest and most comprehensive in the world, having an unbroken tradition that goes back 2000 years. Bharatanatyam is devotional in spirit yet possesses a highly stylized and sophisticated technique. Bharatanatyam is a blend of two distinct components: nritta, or pure dance, utilizes a vocabulary of classical steps to create complex rhythmic patterns; nritya, or expressive dance, utilizes the language of gesture, called abhinaya, to express various themes from Hindu mythology, usually those of love and devotion.



Ragam Saveri set to Rupaka Talam.
Jatiswaram contains intricate sequences of steps that are fused with musical notes. The dance deals with the execution of adavus (basic steps) and mudras (hand gestures), combined in definite groups called “”Jathis”” danced to narrated syllables. The jathis are executed in combination with swara passages (musical versus)


Sringara Lahiri meaning “Waves of Beauty” describes Shakti, the Divine Mother, as beautiful, graceful and compassionate.
Ragam: Neelambari
Talam: Adi
Composed by: Lingaraju


This is an original music composition of Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar. The dancer here is depicted as a sculpture that comes alive and dances, till it freezes in the end.
Ragam: Natabhairavi
Talam: Ektaal