Kuchipudi dancers of Natya Tarangini, an academy by celebrated Kuchipudi exponents Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy stole the show in Delhi with their scintillating dance moves. The academy which completed its 40th year had organised an annual day at their centre in Saket for the students. The academy has branches in multiple cities including Delhi, Gurgaon and Hyderabad.
The show began with the junior students, who recited and performed the basics of Kuchipudi. This was followed by a performance by students belonging to the teenage and the adult age group. The tots also performed the Manduka Shabdam, an interesting two fold depiction of the beautiful animals of the forest; particularly on the lives of the frogs intertwined with the famed legend Gajendra Moksham. While guru Raja Radha Reddy was seated in the audience, guru Kaushalya Reddy was on stage playing the manjira along with singers, instrumentalists and students of the institute that holds a reputation to take young and crisp talent on global platforms and groom them into full-fledged artistes.
The show concluded with shishyas performing the ‘tarangam’ — a beautiful rendering of complex piece involving both Jathis (footwork) and Abhinaya (expressive element) along with dancing on a brass plate to sollukattus (vocal rendering of various rhythmic patterns).
Atisha Pratap Rudy and Pernia Qureshi in a performance.
“We started this institution forty years ago and here we are celebrating our anniversary and the opening of our amphitheatre with this program,” said dance exponent and guru Raja Reddy adding: “One should dance not only to tell the greatness of Bharat or cult stories such as Ramayana or Mahabharata, but it’s a complete exercise for the body. This form of dance also utilises ones intelligence, spirituality, spontaneity. That is the greatness of dance when the body is moving creating various postures.”
The gurus who wish to transmit their cultural legacy to the future generation seemed very happy with the performances. Kaushalya Reddy at the end to the show said, “I am the first student of Natya Tarangini and I think these children performed fabulously on stage today. I think the dancers who are learning should also see others perform on stage and I think that’s something very important.”
The institute also presented one-of-its-kind dance, music and yoga boot camp that ends tomorrow at the Saket branch.