The Allaince University of Bangalore has selected faculty of Dance at University of Hyderabad (UoH), Prof. Anuradha Tadakamalla (Jonnalagadda) for the Nrithya Saraswathi Award – 2015. This award has been presented to her on World Dance day in the University’s flagship event “Tandava Lasya” for her yeomen service to the field of Dance and Dance Education. Dr. Madhukar G Angur, Chancellor of the Alliance University conferred the award. The other recipients’ include Chitra Visweswaran, Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Ananda Shankar Jayant, and Geeta Chandran.

Prof. Anuradha has been working at Department of Dance, S.N. School of Arts and Communication, UoH, for more than 20 years. She has been involved in both, the research and practice of the art form of Kuchipudi, and continuously endeavours to establish a meaningful dialogue between both. Her major productions, over the years include Manimekhalai, Aapas: An Ode to Water, and Chhaya, which premiered during the Natyakala Conference in Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, in 2014, and was also presented in the recent Sangeet Natak Akademi Festival. Anuradha’s specialisation being the area of Kuchipudi, she has given several Lecture demonstrations and lectures across India and abroad, and has also contributed numerous papers in national and international journals.

Four scholars have completed their PhD research under her guidance and eight more are working towards completion. The areas of these works range from historiography of dance to dance pedagogy to kinesiology. Anuradha is also a recipient of the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla award. She has authored one book and edited three books, which greatly contribute to the literature on Kuchipudi.