Press coverage of Adventure Theatre MTC’s production of The Jungle Book:
“One element of this production that particularly stood out to me was the movement, choreographed by Chitra Kalyandurg. The actors’ movements say as much about their character as their costumes– the big Baloo Lumbers, the silly monkeys are jumpy and quick, and Shere Khan strides with a cool, confident power…” ~Julia L. Exline,, April 8th, 2014
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Nayika-Sakhi-wraps-scarf-on-NinaChoreographer Chitra Kalyandurg is an expert in the South Indian “Kuchipudi” dance style, and the dancing — especially by the monkeys, the serpent, and the buffalo — is as memorable as the decorative artistry…” ~Audrey Liebross,, April 8th, 2014Read the full review

Press coverage of Opera Lafayette’s production of Lalla Roukh:
“The other main feature of the performance…was the company Kalanidhi Dance, presenting the dance elements in traditional Kuchipudi style and adding a danced prologue to set the scene…The dancers were wonderfully interpolated into the main action…and to judge by the applause, the dancers were the main attraction…” ~ Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, January 27th, 2013
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“The director, Bernard Deletré…brought in an Indian fashion designer, Poonam Bhagat, and the exquisite Kalanidhi dance troupe choreographed by Anuradha Nehru to add vibrant touches of authenticity to the dress and movement of characters…” ~ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, February 3, 2013
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Chitra is spotlighted as a classical Indian dancer and choreographer in this new web resource for all things Indian dance.
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Pulse Magazine
Chitra is profiled in the Kuchipudi edition of the UK’s Pulse Magazine.
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“The most threatening and stunning moments of the piece lie in the dances, choreographed by Chitra Kalyandurg, when the ensemble of dancers use tight dances to act out the legend of the bunnyman, with turns and jumps and tip-toed hanging motions to simulate the violence and fear that the bunnyman perpetrated on his victims.” ~ Lisa Tibbetts,, June 25th, 2010
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“On Saturday evening, the audience was dazzled by Asha Dwarka, Chitra Kalyandurg, and Lavanya Thamire, artists from Kuchipudi Kalanidhi, Washington D.C, whose amazing expressions, footwork, and choreography was captivating…” ~ Mythili Narayanaswamy & Shubha Subbarao,, April 27th, 2010
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The New York Times
“The Kalanidhi combination of bright energy, full-bodied sweetness and rapid precision; its wealth of multidirectional focus, physical detail and expressive nuance; the abundant spectacle of its groupings and geometries; its multilayered connection to its music; the beautiful pliancy of the spine; the vitality of the feet and arms: these make for a rare amalgam of prime dance virtues…” ~ Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, January 24, 2010
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Nartanam Dance Journal
“‘Samasta’, organized by Kuchipudi Kalanidhi…served to showcase not only the high caliber of the dancers but also the lyrical beauty of the Kuchipudi idiom.” ~ K. Subadra Murthy, Nartanam, January 2010

The Washington Post
“In one such striking solo, crisp, staccato footwork was used effectively to convey the aggressive nature of the evil chief minister’s daughter (danced by Chitra Kalyandurg)…Among those in the company who danced at a professional level, Kalyandurg and Silpa Nanan (Bhagmati) were among the strongest.” ~ Pamela Squires, The Washington Post, November 10, 2009
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