About Kuchupudi Kuchipudi is the classical dance form of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Kuchipudi, is a small village near Vijayawada. Bhagavathulu belonging to Brahmin caste of Kuchipudi were performing this dance originally. Those days only male dancers were performing this dance. This form of dance was appreciated by many from hundreds of years. Tana Shah ruler of this village those days donated many lands around that village to these families.
Siddhendra Yogi, modified this form of dance in the 15th Century. He has brought in many new concepts in the dance. Female dancers also started participating in the dance. Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry garu, Chinta Krishnamurti garu and Tadepalli Perayya garu are some of the personalities who brought recognition to this form of dance.
Kuchipudi dance is very pleasant to watch. Many songs are tuned specially for this dance. These tunes are very enjoyable and nice to watch . The Kuchipudi dancers use footwork and eyes for expressing moods and feelings. The Kuchipudi follows the 'Natya Shastra '. Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam garu made lot of changes to this dance without compromising on the originality of the dance. He was the one who was responsible for the growth of this dance across the globe.
Nowadays, many institutions provide classes to learn this form of dance. There are many renowned artists who train the younger generation in this form of dance. Among them in Hyderabad, Smt. Sobha Naidu, a renowned artist in this dance, is at the top of the list.
Smt. Sobha Naidu Smt. Sobha Naidu is one of the most outstanding dancers of Kuchipudi. She dedicated herself for the popularization of this form of classical dance. She is highly imaginative and deeply involved in promoting this art. She has been Principal of Kuchipudi Art Academy at Hyderabad since 1980. She has the credit of producing 15 ballets and more than 80 solo items. The Ballets Vipranarayana, KalyanaSrinivasam, , Vijayosthuthe Naari, Ksheera Saagara Madhanam, , Jagadaananda Kaaraka, Girija Kalyaanam and Navarasa Natbhamini in which she was donned various roles like Satyabhama, Devadevaki, Padmavathi, Mohini, Goddess Parvati and many more which brought her great appreciation.
She conducted a classical dance training program on Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel. She was a presenter for the program "Siri Siri Muvva" on sanskruthi channel to promote budding artists in the art form.
Her performances won accolades not only in India but also all around the globe. She has presented a series of performances in USA sponsored by the TANA. She represented India and performed in places like U.K, USA and many other countries. She trained more than 1500 students from India and abroad also. The academy celebrated its completion of 30 years in 2010.
Awards and Appreciations She received many awards from various Government Organizations and cultural societies. She received state government award and Padmasree award. Telugu University has honored her with Telugu University Puraskara Award.
Contact info. Anybody interested in getting trained under her can contact Sri Srinivasa Kuchipudi Art Academy, Gaganmahal Road, Street No:7, Domalguda, Hyderabad.
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