Artists Information
Meena Telikicherla

Meena Telikicherla received her initial training in Bharatanatyam under Late Vidwan M.C. Shekhar and other well known gurus in Bangalore, India. She received advanced training in dance and choreography from renowned Gurus Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan (Bharatakalanjali, Chennai), Professor C.V. Chandrashekhar (Chennai), and advanced training in nattuvangam from Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman (Bharata Choodamani, Chennai) She continues to study with these acknowledged masters of the art.

She 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.

She has given several outstanding performances in India, the US, and the West Indies. She recently performed on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in June 2005.

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.