Smt K Neeraja
Smt K Neeraja, a senior faculty at Shankarananda Kalakshetra , was trained in Bharatanatyam by Ananda Shankar Jayant. Having joined Shankarananda Kalakshetra at the age of 5 years, Neeraja, was one of the star disciples of the institution and went on to win many prizes, including the Silver and Gold medals at the All India Competitions for dance.

After an Arangetram at a very young age, Neeraja continued to perform as a soloist as well as essaying major roles in the productions of the institution. After taking a break to get married and raise a family, Neeraja, is now back at Shankarananda Kalakshetra, pursuing her passion for dance by teaching both senior and junior levels at two of our branches.

Patient yet unrelenting, Neeraja, is much loved by young students as she pushes them to reach for perfection in theory and practice.

Smt P Manjula
Smt P Manjula, has been associayed with Shankarananda Kalakshetra since 1984 first as a student of Bharatanatyam, then as a performer in the repertory and now as a dedicated teacher. After studying for eight years, Manjula performed her Arangetram.

As an active member of Shankarananda Kalakshetra, Manjula has essayed many roles in some of the earlier productions of Shankarananda Kalakshetra. Her role as Kalinga in Sri Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum , was praised by critics and layman alike. After taking a break to get married and raise a family, Manjula, came back to teach at the Secunderabad branch of Shankarananda Kalakshetra, where she devotedly trains, beginners and junior students, with patience and love.

Sneha Magapu
Sneha Magapu, a lead dancer and faculty member of Shankarananda Kalakshetra, had her initial training in Bharatanatyam from Smt Divyasena, Chennai under whom she performed her Arangetram.

After moving to Hyderabad to pursue a career as a software engineer, in Microsoft R&D , Sneha joined Shankarananda Kalakshetra, to further hone her talent. She continues her advanced training from Ananda Shankar Jayant, and also handles the Madhapur branch of Shankarananda Kalakshetra.

A bright and ebullient dancer, Sneha brings precision and sharpness to her dance. Sneha brings a rare musicality to her dance, trained as she is in music and rhythm. She tours with the Shankarananda Kalakshetra ensemble regularly and was also a lead artiste at the Festival of India in Brazil in 2011.

A graded artiste of Doordarshan, Sneha enjoys her roles as student, teacher and performer, even while she holds a day job with Microsoft.

Krithika Varsha
Krithika Varsha, has been trained in Bharatanatyam at Shankarananda Kalakshetra from the age of 8 years. Tall and lissom, Krithika debuted into the world of Bharatanatyam, in March 2007. With her sprightly movements and Abhinaya, Krithika has caught the eye of the art critics, as a dancer of rare promise. She has been an integral part of the repertory and has essayed lead roles in the many productions of Shankarananda Kalakshetra.

Krithika, has been part of the ensemble that was sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for dance performances at Corfu Festival, Greece, Syria, Edinburgh Festival - UK and Festival of India in Russia , Festival of India in Brazil, and Festival of India in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kirthika, is an emerging solo dancer with performances as a soloist , including the inaugural performance at Krishna Gana Sabha.

Krithika, also had the unique opportunity to dance at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi, in the presence of the President of India, and other dignitaries in honour of the visiting Russian President. A graded artiste of Doordarshan, Krithika is the recipient of the Big Rising Star Award presented by the Big CBS Group, and the Young Achievers - 2012 Award for Excellence and Achievements in Dance Presented by Public Relations Council of India (PRCI). An Electronics Engineer , Krithika is also a faculty member at Shankarananda Kalakshetra, training beginners and juniors at the Film Nagar studio.

Chelna Galada
Chelna Galada, was initiated into Bharatanatyam at the age of six, when she began to train at Shankarananda Kalakshetra . For a first generation student without any family background in classical dance, Chelna with deep commitment and dedication has grown into a brilliant dancer and performs with precise footwork, clear angashuddam and nuanced abhinaya. Chelna, a graded artiste of Doordarshan, has been part of the repertory of Shankarananda Kalakshetra and has taken lead roles in the many dance productions of Shankarananda Kalakshetra.

She has performed extensively in India at major festivals and has also toured with the repertory to Brazil for the Festival of India in 2011. A student of Microbiology, Chelna is also a devoted and exacting teacher of dance and trains the beginner and junior students at the Film Nagar studio as a faculty member of Shankarananda Kalakshetra.

A recipient of the Brahmikala Samman, from Kolkata, Chelna has added new items based on Jain philosophy and Jain stories to the Bharatanatyam repertoire.

About Shankarananda Kalakshetra
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