Anuradha Naimpally - Biography
Anuradha has been performing worldwide for over 30 years. In 1989 she was awarded the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize by the Canada Council, making her the only Indian classical dancer to receive this high honor. She was bestowed the title of Sringar Mani, “Artistic Jewel”, in Bombay after her performance at the Kal-Ke-Kalakar Festival in 1990. Locally she has been given the Best Dancer Award from the Austin Area Critics' Table, an honor for which she has been nominated several times. Her production, Parampara, won the 2011 Best Dance Concert Award, the first of its kind to be presented at the prestigious Long Center in Austin, TX.
With an Honors BA in Philosophy and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Anuradha combines artistry with scholarship. Numerous study grants and honors have allowed her to continue research and study of ancient Sanskrit texts. She has been on the faculty of various universities around Austin, such as University of Texas, St. Edward’s, Southwestern, Austin Community College. She is a regular guest lecturer at UT Austin and Texas State.
Anuradha has been actively involved in teaching youth in many capacities. In Canada she participated in artist-in-residence teaching programs, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations in public schools. In Austin, she has been a teacher with Ballet Austin’s Leaps and No Bounds Program in AISD schools. She presents assembly performances on Indian dance and culture in Austin area schools and performs in several collaborative groups as well.
Anuradha is also an active performer and collaborator in Austin today and also continues to renew her ties with the Canadian dance scene. In addition to performing and touring as a soloist, she has collaborated with many artists and companies including Ballet Austin, Tapestry Dance Company, Blue Lapis Light, and Canada’s critically acclaimed world music ensemble, Tasa.
Anuradha traveled to India in 2006 to film two documentary projects, Living Stone : Brought to Life by the Hands of Time and Hasta Mudra : From the Hands of Gods. She teaches Bharata Natyam technique through her organization, Austin Dance India, which sees students from beginner level through to professional training. Austin Dance India celebrated its 20th anniverary with a performance by all its students at The Long Center in Austin tracing the history of the Tanjavur Brihadishwara Temple. As an experienced teacher, she is invited to provide nattuvangam, or conduct, performances of Bharata Natyam dance.