And what can be better than a beautiful Kuchipudi ballet to relax you in the middle of a wearing week? A beautiful Kuchipudi ballet based on your favorite god's story!
Abhinaya Darpana Arts Academy is presenting a Kuchipudi dance recital by the disciples of Voleti Rangamani, on 29th May, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. Organised by Narasimhacharyulu and Geetha Pandari, and managed by M V Varadacharyulu, the main attraction of the recital is a 75-minute dance ballet, Alamelumanga Vilasam.
The disciples of Rangamani, namely Mounika, Apurva, Prathima, Deepa, Mridula, Vaishnavi and Swati, will start the recital with a 30-minute Vinayaka Stuthi and a tarangam. The dance ballet Alamelumanga Vilasam follows immediately, presented by M S Ramanujam, D Rekha, Bhargavi, Pavani, Maheshwari, Sunitha, Pranavi, Samyuktha, Aruna, Indira and Sagarika.
Dedicated to the film personality late C V V R Prasad, and choreographed and directed by Voleti Rangamani, Alamelumanga Vilasam is a divine story about the love affair of Lord Tirupati Venkateshwara and his wife Alamelumanga. Dominated by the abhinayas or facial expressions, it is a beautifully choreographed ballet that will appeal immensely to classical dance lovers.
The orchestra support for the recital will be by Voleti Rangamani with the nattuvangam, N C Murthy and D S V Sastry with the vocals, Rajagopalacharyulu on the mridangam, Muralidharacharyulu on the violin, Venkatesh on the flute and Sudhakar on the veena.
C V V R Prasad was instrumental in the shifting of Telugu film production to Hyderabad from Chennai, the home of all Telugu films till then. He was the one who advised Challapalli Raja (of Saradhi Films - the production concern that had produced path-breaking films such as Malapilla, Rythubidda, Antha Manavalle and Rojulu Marayi) and his friend Ramakrishna Prasad to construct Sarathi Studios in Hyderabad. He also served as the President of the Andhra Pradesh Film Industry Employees Federation for six years.
Voleti Rangamani is a senior Kuchipudi dancer who has revived the centuries-old traditional dance of Simhanandini. Simhanandini is an interesting dance form where the dancer draws pictures of Goddess Kali's lion or Kumaraswamy's peacock or Goddess Lakshmi's aasan (the lotus), while dancing on the rangoli lying scattered on the stage.
Rangamani is also the founder-director of Abhinaya Darpana Arts Academy, established in 1981. She is the daughter and disciple of renowned Kuchipudi dancer-teacher, Late C R Acharyulu. She also learnt Kuchipudi from Vedantam Prahlada Sarma.
The entry to the recital is free. Please contact Voleti Rangamani/Narasimhacharyulu at 98491-41453 for further details.