Performance Ensemble

  • Meena Telikicherla – Artistic Director
  • Surili Sutaria
  • Tejal Shah
  • Dignamartha Kakkanattu
  • Kalyani Phansalkar
  • Annarevathy Aryankalayil
  • Raevathi Ramadorai
  • Shruti Chaganti
  • Sahana Sinnarajah
  • Puja Telikicherla Boyd
(all are students of Meena Telikicherla and trained at Nrityanjali)

Nrityanjali Performance Ensemble – Dancers Bio

Meena Telikicherla

Surili Sutaria, a disciple of Bharatanatyam under MeenaTelikicherla. At the Nrityanjali Dance Academy, she completed her Rangapravesham in July 2001. She attended workshops conducted by Prof. C.V.Chandrashekar, Aswathy and Srikant Natarajan, and. Bragha Bessell at Nrityanjali. Over the years Surili has participated in several dance productions as a company dancer at Nrityanjali. These include Arohanam, Sneha Yagam, Ritu Samharam, and Bhakthi Manjari at various venues including Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD, the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, and Battery Park Manhattan, NY.
Professionally, Surili focuses on environmental health issues at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. She completed her Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy.

Tejal Shah: Tejal Shah has been learning Bharatanatyam at Nrityanjali since 1996. She trained for 10 years and performed her debut performance, Rangapravesham, in 2006. Since reaching that milestone, she has trained for and performed in various Bharatanatyam dance productions as part of the Nrityanjali dance ensemble. These performances include Bhakti Manjari in 2008 and 2010 and Ritu Samharam in 2009. She is currently an active member of the dance ensemble. She works as a speech-language pathologist at The Lab School of Washington in Washington, DC.

Dignamartha Kakkanattu: Dignamartha Kakkanattu began her training in Bharatanatyam at the age of eight and has continued for sixteen years under the tutelage of Guru Meena Telikicherla and presented her Rangapravesham. As a member of the Nrityanjali Performance Ensemble, Digna has danced in productions, such as Bhakti Manjari, Arohanam, and Ritu Samharam. The production, Bhakti Manjari, was presented at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage during the Ballet across America II in 2010. She has also participated in various workshops organized by Nrityanjali conducted by Prof.C. V. Chandrasekhar, Bragha Bessel and N. Srikanth. Digna has performed in the production, Sneha Yagam ,choreographed by N. Srikanth and Aswathy; was a member of” Moksha” ,the classical dance team at The University of MD. She has a Bachelor degree in Community Health and works in Maryland.

Kalyani Phansalkar: Kalyani has been learning Bharatanatyam for almost 15 years. She started her classical training under Guru Poonam Saswade and then later continued learning with Guru Meena Telikicherla. She finished her rangaprevesham under Guru Meena in the summer of 2009. Throughout her dance career, Kalyani has taken part in workshops, festivals, community events, and productions. Notably, she participated in a production called “In the Beginning” with N. Srikanth in 2008 and 2009. Kalyani has taken an active role in her community by choreographing and performing dances at local Marathi events. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Media and Communications from George Washington University, Kalyani works at MSL GROUP- a global public relations company in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Annarevathy Aryankalayil: Anna Aryankalayil completed her Rangapravesham in 2008 after nine years of training at Nrityanjali. She has performed with the dance team “Sitara” at Emory University, attended several workshops, and became a member of the performance ensemble in 2013. She is currently an attorney at Dechert LLP, Washington, D.C.

Raevathi Ramadorai: After 12 years of training in Bharatanatyam with Meena Telikicherla, Raevathi completed her debut performance (Rangapravesham) in 2011. She has performed in various local cultural showcases, such as the Asian Festival in Virginia in 2008, in addition to performances and fundraisers for Nrityanjali. During her initial training, Raevathi has attended several dance workshops led by noted Bharatanatyam teachers Sri Adyar K. Lakshman and Smt. Bragha Bessel. Raevathi graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2013 and is currently working in research management at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Fort Detrick, MD.

Shruti Chaganti: has been learning Bharatanatyam since she was five years old and has been training under Guru Meena Telikicherla for the past 15 years. She completed her Rangapravesham in 2005. Shruti also had the privilege of attending workshops conducted by world renowned Bharatanatyam dancers, Gurus V.P Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan. Shruti, she has participated in several performances in the Metro DC area, including a stage performance in 2007 entitled “ Snehayagam”. In October 2013, Shruti participated in Folk and traditional dance performance by Nrityanjali in October 2013. Shruti resides in Washington D.C. and is working as an attorney in the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia.

Sahana Sinnarajah: Sahana began her training in Bharatanatyam at the age of five under the discipline of Meena Telikicherla.. After having completed 13 years of training, she presented her Rangapravesham (solo debut performance) in 2012. In addition, she has participated in many annual programs and workshops conducted by Nrityanjali, various programs in temples and schools, and most recently, a fundraiser, “Nritya Utsav “Dance Festival. She joined Nrityanjali performance ensemble in 2013. She is currently an undergrad student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County majoring in Biology with a double minor in Psychology and Dance.

Sameera Gollapudi: has been training in Bharatanatyam since the age of six with Meena Telikicherla since 2004. She presented her debut performance (Rangapravesham in 2011, and continued advance training. In addition, Sameera attended dance workshops with visiting teachers from India. She has participated in the annual dance showcases, and other community programs. She completed her undergraduate studies at UMBC.