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|Died||14 October 2020 63–64) (aged|
|Occupation||Classical Indian dancer|
|Awards||Padma Shri (2001)|
Sobha Naidu (1956 – 14 October 2020) was among the foremost Kuchipudi dancers of India and a disciple of the renowned master Vempati Chinna Satyam. She mastered the technique of Kuchipudi and began dancing lead roles in dance-dramas while still very young. She performed with her guru's troupe all over the country and abroad, excelling in the roles of Satyabhama and Padmavati. She was also an excellent solo dancer. Principal of Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad, Sobha Naidu imparted training to younger students over the past few years.In 2010, the school celebrated the completion of 30 years. She also choreographed several dance-dramas. She received the title of Nritya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras.
Sobha Naidu was born in Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh state in 1956.She earned a degree from Queen Mary's college.
Regardless of family opposition, her mother Sarojini Devi had her tutored by P.L. Reddy at Rajamahendravaram. After which she trained under the legendary Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam.She was an outstanding student of Vempati.
With 12 years of rigorous sadhana, some of her best roles are her portraits of Sathyabhama, Padmavathi and Chandalika. She choreographed 80 solo numbers, 15 ballets, and trained over 1,500 students from India and overseas.
Naidu was admired not just in the country, but all over the world. Organized by the TANA, she traveled across the USA to perform. She also represented India in various cultural events in like U.K., U.S.S.R., Syria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Baghdad, Kampuchea, and Bangkok. On behalf of Indian Government, Naidu led a cultural delegation to West Indies, Mexico, Venezuela, Tunis, Cuba followed by a visit to West Asia.
Brijmohan Mishra, popularly known as Pandit Birju Maharaj,, is an exponent of the Handia (Rikhipur), Allahabad Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Kathak dance in India. He is a descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers, which includes his two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, and his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj. Even though dancing is his first love, he practices Hindustani classical music and is a vocalist.
Kuchipudi is one of the eight major Indian classical dances. It originated in a village named Kuchipudi in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Kandula Mallikharjuna Rao, better known as Mallik (1921–1996) was popular music composer and singer. He was born to K. Venkatachalam and Lakshmi Narasamma. He was born in Machilipatnam, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. He received initial training in music from late Krovi Satyanarayana. He worked as a music composer and singer at All India Radio, Madras for 30 years. He later transferred to All India Radio, Vijayawada. While working at Akashvani, he composed for many songs, dance dramas, Bhakthi Ranjani songs and folk songs. He was the first composer of many reputed Tallapaka Annamacharya Keerthanas. Examples of such include Adigo Alladigo, Thandhanana Aahi, and Narayanathae Namo Namo. He also composed the famous Raja Rajeshwari Astakam, Hanuman Manjari. Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam's Kuchipudi Dance Drama Chandalika for which music was composed by Mallik became a hit all over the world for its superb musical score.
Indian Nutcracker is an adaptation of the famous story of Nutcracker into South Indian Classical Dance Form called Kuchipudi. The Dance Drama entitled Swapna Vijayam, is produced, directed and choreographed by Sasikala Penumarthi, who is the Founder / Director of the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance, which was established in 1997 as an Atlanta, Georgia based non-profit organization. The story of Nutcracker is adapted into Telugu Language, with Lyrics provided by the well-known writer Indraganti Srikantha Sarma from Hyderabad, India. Music for this performance is composed by a popular singer from the Atlanta area, Subhashini Krishnamurthy and the Dance Choreography is by Sasikala Penumarthi, student of Padmabhushan Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam of Kuchipudi Arts Academy, Chennai, India. Sasikala is assisted by two of her senior students Indira and Reneeta Basu. The Dance Performance will be presented on Saturday, 15 December 2007 at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech., to raise funds for the Emory University Telugu Initiative. The performance will be presented with live orchestral support from Sujatha Rayburn, Satish Menon, Sastry Bhagavatula, Suresh Kodandaraman, V.K. Raman (Flute), Sandhya Srinath (Violin), Seshu Sarma (Veena), Subra Vishwanathan. More than 35 artists who have trained at the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance will be performing on stage, with more than 15 artists having over a decade of experience. Stage Direction will be provided by Dr. P.V. Rao, Professor in Physics, Emory University and Ravi Penumarthi, Manager, Systems Development, Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco Company. The fundraising committee is led by Prof. Joyce Flueckiger, incoming Director of the Program of South Asian Studies, Emory University.
Vempati Chinna Satyam was an Indian dancer and a guru of the Kuchipudi dance form.
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Ravula Suryanarayana Murty, M.A., D.Litt., is an Indian writer and poet, an administrator and journalist. His parents were Sri Surya Rao and Smt. Narayamma.
Nataraja Ramakrishna was a dance guru from Telangana, India. He was the chairman of Andhra Pradesh Sangeeta Nataka Academy. He was also a scholar and musicologist who promoted classical dance in Andhra Pradesh and worldwide.
K. Uma Rama Rao was an Indian Kuchipudi dancer, choreographer, research scholar, author and dance teacher. She was also the Founder & Director of Lasya Priya Dance Academy, established in 1985 in Hyderabad, India.
Raja and Radha Reddy are a Kuchipudi dancing couple, gurus and choreographers. Their names are synonymous with Kuchipudi dance and are regarded solely responsible for bringing it on the cultural map of the world. For their services to the field of arts, the Government of India have conferred on them the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.
Chittajallu Rajeevalochana, better known as Rajasulochana, was an Indian classical dancer and film actress. She has acted in more than 300 Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi language films.
Kalamandalam Kshemavathy is a Mohiniyattam dancer from Thrissur, Kerala. She is an alumna of the reputed Kerala Kalamandalam. She joined the institute when she was ten. After completion of the course, she undertook advanced training in Bharata Natyam under Muthuswamy Pillai and Chitra Visweswaran, and in Kuchipudi under Vempati Chinna Satyam, but chose to remain within the Mohiniyattam tradition. She has been in the field for 47 years.
Achuta Manasa is an Indian Kuchipudi dancer.
Deepa Sashindran is an Indian artist and prime disciple of Kuchipudi exponent Smt. Manju Bhargavi. She is a performing artist, teacher of the Indian classical dance form Kuchipudi, Choreographer, an art curator, Entrepreneur and Life Trustee of Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation Trust Bangalore.
Guru Jayarama Rao is known today as one of the foremost Gurus and performers of Kuchipudi style, the vibrant classical dance of Andhra Pradesh, India. He has extended the Kuchipudi repertoire enriching it with contemporary choreography.
Prathibha Prahlad is a Bharata Natyam dancer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, and author. She was the founder director of the Delhi International Arts Festival.
Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma (1935–2012), popularly known as Satyam, was an Indian classical dancer and choreographer, considered by many as one of the leading exponents of the classical dance form of Kuchipudi. He was known for his portrayal of female characters such as Usha, Satyabhama, Deva Devi, Mohini, Sasirekha and Gollabhama (Gollakalapam). He was a recipient of several honors including Kalidas Samman, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 1970, for his contributions to Dance.
Ananda Shankar Jayant is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, scholar and bureaucrat, known for her proficiency in the classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She is the first woman officer in the Indian Railway Traffic Service on South Central Railway and her 2009 TED talk is ranked among the top twelve Incredible TED talks on cancer. She is a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Kalaimamani Award of the Government of Tamil Nadu and Kala Ratna Award of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for her contributions to arts.
Indira P. P. Bora is a Satriya dancer from Assam, India. Trained in Bharatnatyam for 13 years under Guru Rukmini Devi Arundale and in Kuchipudi under the guidance of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, Bora has promoted and performed Satriya in New Zealand, the United States, and Vietnam.