Sowmya Somanath

August 9th, 2008

Sowmya's love of Kuchipudi began at the age of ten. Though she had been learning Bharatanatyam since the age of four, she was immediately drawn to the nuances of Kuchipudi that Bharatanatyam lacked. So instead of quitting one, she pursued both concurrently and found the challenge of differentiating the two arts extremely rewarding. Her love for dance only flourished as she also took up Kathak later on in her dance career. Apart from dancing, she spends most of her time in music. She is currently studying at the University of Texas at Austin as a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. She aspires to become a professor of music someday and utilize the remainder of her time teaching and performing Indian classical dance.


Niharika Reddy

August 2nd, 2008

Niharika Reddy started learning dance at Kuchipudi Kalakshetra at age 8 in September of 1998. She completed her Rangapravesham with her sister on August 2, 2008. Rika currently attends Texas A&M University where she is also on the Indian dance team. In her spare time, Rika enjoys watching cartoons, reading, and playing dodge ball.

Rathika Reddy

August 2nd, 2008

Rathika Reddy started learning Kuchipudi with her sister in the September of 1998 at the age of 7. She completed her Rangapravesham on August 2, 2008. Rathika also has interests in Indian folk dance and enjoys performing with both styles. Currently, Rathika attends the University of Texas at Austin. Rathika generally spends her free time running, playing soccer, and baking.

Shilpa Sethuraman

September 8th, 2007

Shilpa Raj Sethuraman is currently a Freshman at Stanford University pursuing a degree in Economics. She began dance at the age of 3 in Bharatanatyam under Guru Madhusri Sethuraman and performed her arangetram at the age of eight. She started learning Kuchpudi at the age of nine under Guru Padma Sonti and performed her Rangapravesam on September 8, 2007, In Eisemann Center, Dallas. In 2008, she has released two professional DVDs, one in Bharata Natyam and one in Kuchipudi under the banner of Kalavardhani. She was also awarded the "Abhinaya Bharathi" title for the best DVD performance in 2008.

Kavya Naini

August 12th, 2006


Kavya Naini has been learning Kuchipudi for past 10 years from Padma Sonti. She is an active participant in the Kuchipudi Kalakshetra productions. Kavya is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and will graduate with both degrees in May 2010. After graduation, Kavya will be joining Deloitte Consulting in Chicago as a Business Technology Analyst and is excited about starting this new chapter in her life. In the future, she plans on attending law school, but for now she is ready to get a taste of the real world. Kavya enjoys travelling, volunteering, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Sasi Tadepalli

June 6th, 2004

Sasi Tadepalli has been learning Kuchipudi since 1996 from Smt. Padma Sonti. As one of the earlier students of Kuchipudi Kalakshetra, Sasi had participated in most of the major school events, including several dance ballets. Sasi currently lives in Hyderabad, where she continues to purse Kuchipudi under the guidance of Smt. P.B. Krishna Bharathi, a close friend and colleague of Smt. Sonti. A software engineer by profession and a long time Vibha volunteer, Sasi also enjoys reading, hiking and traveling when she finds time away from her two children.

Neethu Kumar

August 19th, 2001

Neethu was born and brought up in Dallas. At the age of 6, Neethu started receiving her Bharathanatyam lessons from Revathi Sathyu. She started her Kuchupudi lessons from Padma Sonti at the age of 10. She has been learning classical music under the guidance of Vasanthi Krishna. She graduated from Coppell High School and continued her undergraduate studies from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. After earning her Bachelors in Mathematics, she joined New York Medical College.

Asha Nair

August 6th, 2000

Asha Nair was born and brought up in Dallas. At an early age, Asha Nair started receiving her Bharathanatyam lessons from Revathi Sathyu. She had her Bharathanatyam Arangetram in 1998 and later started her Kuchupudi lessons from Padma Sonti. She has been volunteering for the DFW Hindu Temple and the Ganesa Temple in Dallas. She has also been learning classical music under the guidance of Vasanthi Krishna. She graduated from Coppell High School and is currently a medical student.