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Kuchipudi Duet

Kasi Aysola & Pragnya Thamire (Maryland)

Pragnya Thamire began her dance training at the age of five under Anuradha Nehru of Kalanidhi Dance. Passionate about Indian dance, Pragnya Matured way beyond her years into a confident and vibrant classical Indian Dancer.

She made her debut as a member of the Kalanidhi Dance Company at the age of 12, performed her Rangapravesham in 2016 at the age of 15, and has performed widely at a number of prestigious venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, Wolf Trap and Drive East Festival in New York City to name a few.

In addition to learning and performing, Pragnya has taken on the role of teaching part-time at Kalanidhi Dance. She has choreographed for Kalanidhi Students at a very young age and is in the process of choreographing for an upcoming company production. She is deeply committed to Kuchipudi and hopes to be a part of the next generation of emerging Kuchipudi artists.

Kasi Aysola is a dance artist who is making his mark in the United States. Kasi is a performer, choreographer and nattuvangam artist whose foundational training in Bharata Natyam was under celebrated Guru Viji Prakash and Mythili Prakash. He had the great fortune to train in Kuchipudi under late Guru Vempati Ravi Shankar and Yamini Saripalli.

He co-founded Prakriti Dance, an innovative dance company, in 2014, with the intention to explore the human experience through the idiom of Indian performing traditions.

Kasi is pursuing Indian dance traditions with the intention to inspire new generations of artists to delve into the enriching world of Indian performing arts. He is looking forward to this new venture with Kalanidhi Dance and to expanding the boundaries of Kuchipudi and excellence in Indian art.