Samaikhya Bharathi is organising a 2-day dance festival on 5th & 6th November, at the Ravindra Bharati auditorium. Renowned Kuchipudi dancers like Swapna Sundari, Dr. Alekhya Punjla, Maddali Usha Gayathri and K V Satyanarayana, will be performing with their students.
Today, the last day, Maddali Usha Gayathri, along with her disciples, will perform the concluding performance of the day - a Kuchipudi ballet called Amrapali. Amrapali is a mysterious, beautiful dancer who, broken by the bloodshed and beastly nature of kings, dedicates her life to preaching Buddhism, in the presence of Lord Buddha. Amrapali earned the distinction of being the only female bikshu of Buddhism.
Usha Gayathri as Lord Buddha, along with Abhirami as Amrapali, Katyayani as Bimbisara, Shreya and Meghana as court dancers, Sarvaripriya, Ramyapriya, Ramyaveni, Ramya Ravali, Pranathi and Ruhi as sakhis, and Susheela, Anusha, Anisha, Shruthi and Medha as bikshus, will take part in the ballet.
The ballet is choreographed and directed by Maddali Usha Gayathri, written by Vaddepally Krishna, and supported by Pasumarti Seshubabu, Sampath, Shruthi Sharma and Srikaustuba for nattuvangam and vocal, Rayaprolu Sudhakar on the veena, Sridharacharya on the mridangam, Anil Kumar on the violin and Venkatesh on the flute. The lighting and sets are designed by Surabhi Kishore, and make-up is by Verma and Reddy.
Maddali Usha Gayathri is a disciple of late Vedantam Jagannatha Sarma and late Yelleswarapu Surya Prakasa Sarma. A disciplined and traditional Kuchipudi dancer, she has performed extensively both in India and abroad earlier, but has now settled as a guru teaching budding artistes at her dance school Nritya Kinnera. She occasionally performs in dance ballets along with her students, which she choreographs - her favorite is Yashoda Krishna. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hamsa Award from the Government Of Andhra Pradesh.
Please contact Satyanarayana at 98856-73828 for further details.