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Lalla Roukh


Ryan Brown, conductor

Bernard Deletré, director
Anuradha Nehru,* choreographer
Chitra Kalyandurg,* assistant choreographer 

Colin K. Bills, lighting designer
Poonam Bhagat,* costume designer 


Marianne Fiset,* Lalla Roukh

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Noureddin

Nathalie Paulin, Mirza

Bernard DeletréBaskir

David Newman, Bakbara

Andrew Adelsberger, Kaboul


Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Chorus


*company debut


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Chitra Kalyandurg is a performer, educator and choreographer based in Rockville, MD. She has been a student of Kuchipudi since 1989 and began training with renowned Kuchipudi artist and guru Anuradha Nehru in 1994. She has also trained with artists such as Kishore Mosalikanti, Vempati Ravi Shankar, and the late Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. Ms. Kalyandurg is both a solo artist and a performer with the Kalanidhi Dance Company. She has performed at venues such as Joyce SoHo, National Geographic Society, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Smithsonian Institution, and Dance Place. In 2007, Ms. Kalyandurg took part in Kalanidhi Dance’s tour to India, where she performed at the celebrated Ananya Festival of Dance. In 2008 she studied dance and choreography in India with the support of a Creative Projects grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  Ms. Kalyandurg is a recipient of the prestigious 2009 Princess Grace Dance Honoraria for her artistic excellence in Kuchipudi. In 2010, she was selected to create and present an original, collaborative theater piece alongside two other artists for the Source Theater Festival. For two years, Ms. Kalyandurg was an artist with the Maryland chapter of Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, a national organization for arts in education. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Secretary for the Indian Dance Educators Association (IDEA), a non-profit umbrella organization of dance professionals established to serve Indian classical dancers and dance lovers. Ms. Kalyandurg is currently a Program Manager for the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program.