Kuchipudi Dance Centre (Delhi), in association with Parampara (Hyderabad), is organising the 1st Dr. Arudra Memorial Concert by holding a recital of Andhra Bharatham, on 30th August, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. Andhra Bharatham will be danced by the internationally renowned Swapnasundari starting with a Mangalam, followed by a Hussaini Swarajati and Parijatham, among others. The orchestra will be given by Raghunandan with the nattuvangam, Chandra Rao with the vocals, Sridharachary on the mridangam and Shiva on the violin.
Dr. Arudra was a renowned scholar, poet and cultural historian besides being a sought-after script–writer and lyricist in Telugu films. His literary contributions are held in pride and admiration by the people of Andhra. He researched and revived the Bharatham of the Telugu people, bringing its multiple sub-streams under a single style now called the Vilasini Natyam.
Andhra Bharatham defines the classical dance which was practiced and sustained solely by hereditary female dancers of Telugu origin, in the temples and courts of Southern peninsular India. After the reorganization of states in Independent India, this form of Bharatham gradually lost prominence, due to changing socio-political factors.
Inspired and guided by the late Dr.Arudra, the internationally acclaimed danseuse Swapnasundari took up the mission of propagating Andhra Bharatham from 1994. Through her recitals and teaching, she has succeeded in reinstating it to the high position it once occupied. Some Hyderabad-based dancers have also been trained by her in this style.
Swapnasundari was trained in Kuchipudi under renowned masters Pasumarthi Seetharamaiah and Vempati Chinna Satyam. Her gurus in Bharata Natyam include K N Dakshinamurthy, Adyar K Lakshmanan and B Kalyana Sundaram. She received specialized training in abhinaya from the veteran performer and teacher Kalanidhi Narayanan, who is recognized for her mastery over the histrionic aspect, or the characteristic stylized mime, of Indian classical dance.
Apart from her sound knowledge of Carnatic music, Swapnasundari has also specialized in the art of singing padams with Shrimati Mukta. This training enables her to lend a distinct character to her dance rendering of traditional padams.
She is the youngest dancer who was presented with the national title of Padma Bhushan in recognition of her research into ancient dance forms and in the revival of the long lost dance art form, Vilasini Natyam.
Please contact Sanjay Kumar Joshi at 2756-7626/98493-16526 for further details.