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Artistic Director

Choreographer and Artistic Director

Artistic Director and Lead Dancer

Performer, Choreographer and Teacher of the Classical Dances
South India

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Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

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Meena Telikicherla

Contact Name: Meena Telikicherla
Meena Telikicherla is the artistic director of Nrityanjali, a dance institution in Gaithersburg, MD. She is a dedicated teacher, performer, and choreographer, and has trained over 200 serious dancers in the past 24 years. She produced, choreographed, directed, and performed in the dance dramas (each title that follows should be in italics) Shantala, Malavika and Chidambaram. Her production of Shantala was broadcast on local television. Her accomplishments also include other television broadcasts on dance, lecture demonstrations at universities, and performances at the Smithsonian Institution.
The State of Maryland honored Meena Telikicherla as the Performing Artist of the Year 1991, and Montgomery County honored her for her contributions to the arts in 1994 and 1996. She received an award for her choreography in 2001 from the Maryland State Arts Council, and was selected as one of Montgomery County's Most Talented Artists by Montgomery Community Television.

Dance/MetroDC: A branch of Dance/USA

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Meena Telikicherla - Artistic Director 18800 Cross Country Lane Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (301) 330-8573 meena@nrityanjali.com Nrityanjali is a non-profit institution dedicated to promoting awareness of the Bharatanatyam style of Indian classical dance. The organization provides opportunities to learn and perform Bharatanatyam under the direction of Principal Meena Telikicherla. The Nrityanjali Dance Company is a performance group comprised of dancers trained by Meena. The group has been recognized both locally and nationally for it's outstanding performances. Nrityanjali also supports world class artists through sponsorship of visits, performances and workshops. Meena Telikicherla, dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Nrityanjali, has trained under some of India's leading dancers. She has presented several critically acclaimed performances in India and the United States. Meena has produced and directed dance dramas, given lecture demonstrations at several local universities and is a recipient of awards from the Maryland State Arts Council for her continuing contributions in classical dance.

WNC: Programs

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Meena Telikicherla is the artistic director and lead dancer of Nrityanjali, an institution based in Gaithersburg, Md. that promotes and performs Indian classical dance.

Ahimsa Youth Organization

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Indians living in this country are so worried about losing their culture, says Meena Telikicherla, that they make a real effort to keep it going. As a performer, choreographer and teacher of the classical dances of South India for 50 years, Telikicherla has been doing her part.

She is artistic director of Nrityanjali, an adult dance troupe and a classical Indian dance school in Gaithersburg where Telikicherla has lived since 1985. Students of all ages come from as far as Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Frederick to study there. Telikicherla herself often travels to India to perform in dance festivals and danced recently at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery in connection with the exhibit "Devi: The Great Goddess."
Telikicherla will dance the title role of Queen Shantala.

The Sapan Institute

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Tara has over 20 years of classical dance experience, being trained in the classical art form of Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Meena Telikicherla of the Nrityanjali school in Gaithersburg, MD.

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