Despite its roots in Andhra Pradesh, the popularity of the classical Indian dance form, Kuchipudi, is not limited to the southern part of the country. A testimony to this is Natya Tarangini, an institute that has completed 37 years of promoting classical dance and music in the society.
Disciples of Kuchipudi dancer Jaikishore Moslikanti perform during the Indian Classical Dance Festival 'Chhand' in Bhopal.
The academy, founded by renowned dancers Raja and Radha Reddy, has trained thousands of students from across the world. Today, on the eve of its anniversary, the students of the academy will showcase six acts where several aspects of Kuchipudi will be presented. “I will be performing to two songs with the group. One of these is Mahanapam, a prayer to Lord Shiva, and the other is Tarangam, which is a dedication to Lord Krishna,” says Sanjana Jain, 14, a student-participant.
Over the years, the Reddy family has given Kuchipudi new dimensions. “I’m happy to see that the dance form has come from Andhra Pradesh to the Capital. There are a lot of foreigners and North Indian students who want to learn this form,” says Raja Reddy. “In terms of promoting this dance form further, language plays an important role. Earlier, the dances were choreographed only in Telugu.
But since the performances are being staged in other cities too, the acts need to be choreographed in other languages so that people can relate to it better. Having said that, the technique and style should remain pure; that should not be altered,” adds Reddy.
Catch it live
What: Natya Tarangini Kuchipudi dance recital
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line