Kuchipudi dancer Anusha Kalluri is enthusiastic and passionate about her art form and thrives not only in the classroom setting as a teacher but also, on stage as a performer. Anusha was initiated into Kuchipudi dance at a young age and received her initial training from Guru Smt. Geetha Madhuri and is presently undergoing training under Prof. Anuradha Jonnalagadda and has taken part in many of her dance productions. Anusha is also part of Dance Resource Centre – Natyamitram, which is headed by Dr. Himabindu Kanoj.
Anusha undertakes dance classes for all age groups from five years of age. In 2018, Anusha formally established Srinidhi Arts Academy with an objective of imparting the Kuchipudi art form. She also teaches Indian mythology in relation to dance apart from dance theory to her students.
With basic training in Carnatic Vocal and Veena, Anusha for a period of two years from 2009-2011 anchored programmes on TV. For Doordarshan, she anchored ‘Vyavasaya Samacharam’ and ‘Palle Velugu’; for Maa TV the ‘Real City’ and for RTV – a couple of special episodes and ‘Malli Malli Ravali’.
After attaining her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in 2013, Anusha attained a Master in Performing Arts from University of Hyderabad in 2016.
Before the pandemic happened, Anusha performed in Kalasagaram Youth Festival, Hyderabad 2020 and Tide Nataraja Dance Festival organised by Giri Fine Arts, Chennai 2020. She has had the opportunity of accompanying Prof. Anuradha Jonnalagadda in Lecture demonstration, CCRT, 2017; also performed ‘Namosthu Nari’, a conceptual dance production by Prof. Anuradha J at Ravindra Bharathi, Shilparamam, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, in the years 2018 – 19; the same was also performed on the occasion of International Women’s Day Celebrations organised by Office of Governor of Telangana, Raj Bhavan, Hyderabad, in 2020. She has also participated in many events and festivals across the country, which include Indian International Dance Festival – Bhubaneshwar; Pallavotsav Music & Dance Festival – Mysore; Rang Utsav Swayam Sidda – Bhopal, and Naada Neerajanam programme in Tirupati.
During the pandemic, Anusha has performed for Krishna Nilayam Facebook page, 2021; for Nritya Parva, Anjali memorial committee, Vadodara, 2021; and online dance series, Together We Dance, Instagram page, 2020.
Her students have performed in and across Hyderabad before the pandemic put a halt to live performances. Earlier, the students have participated in Vasantha Navarathri Utsav, Sri Sita Ramanjaneya Swami Temple, from 2014 – 2019 and at Shilparamam Madhapur for Diwali Festival, Children’s Day and Guru Poornima, since 2016, and secured First Prize in Junior category and Second Prize in Senior category in the dance quiz Jignyasa conducted by Natyamitram, Hyderabad in 2019.
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