Anuradha Naimpally has been dancing worldwide for over 30 years. Her mesmerizing performances have gained her many accolades in Canada, India, and the US. Amongst her many honors, she is the only Indian dancer to win the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council. In India, she was bestowed the title of “Sringara Mani” at the Kal-ke-Kalakar Festival.
In her current home of Austin, Texas, she was named Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics’ Circle in 2001, and nominated numerous times, including 2011. Her recent production, Parampara, was awarded the coveted Best Dance Concert award for 2011 and was named by the Austin Chronicle as one of the top five performances of 2011. In 2013, her duet performance with her daughter, also a young professional dancer, was nominated for Best Duet Performance. Her 2015 production with musicians from Chennai, India, Jewels of the Tanjavur Tradition, won Best Performance.
Both a popular performer and teacher, Anuradha teaches classes and directs diverse cultural projects through her organization, Austin Dance India, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in 2016. She trains students in the Tanjavur style of Bharata Natyam, a legacy of her gurus Pt VJ Pillai and Smt Jayashree Pillai and their guru, respected scholar and master Acharya Parvati Kumar. In 2012, Anuradha performed an extensive solo tour of India accompanied by her guru on nattuvangam. During this time, she performed at the ancient site of the Brihadishvara Temple under the auspices of the Brahan Natyanjali Foundation Cultural Trust. In 2014-15, she conducted a Temple Heritage performance tour with eighteen of her students. The ensemble performed at six major historic sites all over southern India, after which she embarked on her solo performance tour. During this time she was awarded the International Nrityashiromani Award by the Gov’t of Odisha as well as the Mayur Natya Tarakai award.
Along with performing and teaching, Anuradha is passionate about arts in education. She conducts assembly performances on Indian dance and culture in Central Texas schools and libraries. She is a selected artist with the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance. With a B.A. in Philosophy and M.F.A. in Dance from Canada, her traditional dance training from India, and a long time practice of yoga, Anuradha integrates many aspects of her diverse life experience into her presentations including various types of local music and contemporary movement and themes. She brings a unique approach to the art with both tradition and innovation.
Anuradha is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance a funded artist of the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.