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SITA is a premier dance institute currently located in Southern California. SITA began its initial roots in New Jersey in 2002, has since relocated to California and has been promoting Indian dance since 2012.

Neeharika Pendekanti is the founder and artistic director of SITA. Neeharika is a dedicated teacher, creative choreographer and an excellent performer. The school has produced numerous ballets like Mahishasura Mardhini, Krishna Leelamrutham and Yashoda Krishna. SITA has organized Cultural Awareness camps and Asian Heritage presentations at various public schools and corporations.

At SITA, the emphasis is on strong foundation that will encourage the students to strive for excellence in their dance technique. The philosophy of the school is to instill a sense of confidence in the student while fostering a love for dance.


About Artist - Neeharika Pendekanti

Neeharika Pendekanti, is an acclaimed and a well-educated classical dancer. She began her dance lessons at the tender age of 3. She is an exponent of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. She received her initial formal training under the tutelage of the renowned dance guru Smt. A. Parvathi, of Eluru, Andhra Pradesh. Following this she pursued her Bharatanatyam under the able guidance of Smt.Gidugu Visaalakshi, of Hyderabad. She advanced her Kuchipudi dance education under legendary Padmasri Nritya Choodamani Dr. Sobha Naidu at the Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad.

Neeharika has been giving performances all over the world for over 25 years. She has extensively toured UAE, USA and India. Her gracious dance and lively expressions have won her numerous awards and honors from prestigious organizations including NEFJA, Kalanilya, Balala Academy, Kaladarbar and YMCA. Early in her career, Indian Express described her as a "promising child dancer". Critical reviews in newspaper columns have described her performances using phrases such as "mesmerizing expressions", "graceful movements", "powerful portrayal of challenging compositions", etc.

Neeharika is a National Gold Medalist in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. In addition to her dance diploma "Natya Visharada", Neeharika also holds a B.E. in Electronics from Osmania University and an M.B.A in Telecommunications Management from California.


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