SICA is making you pay to watch a classical music concert. That is perhaps a great encomium to Pallavi. But if you read about her, you'll know that it's nowhere near the greatest.
The South-Indian Cultural Association (SICA) is organising Nrithyotsav 2007, a dance festival, at Ravindra Bharathi, from 2nd to 4th July. The 3-day festival will have dance performances from renowned dancers like Meenakshi Chittaranjan, Ramya Harishankar, Sathvika Ranganathan and P B Pallavi.
Today, the final day, P B Pallavi will present some solo Kuchipudi items, starting with Gajavadana Veduve, and followed by Usha Pravesa Daruvu, Jayadeva Durge, a Jayadeva Ashtapadi Radhika Krishna and a Madhuvanti Tillana. The orchestra support will be provided by P B Krishna Bharathi with the nattuvangam, Lavanya with the vocals, P R C Sarma on the mridangam, Venkatesh on the flute and K Sai Kumar on the violin.
Pallavi hails from a family of music and dance artistes. Her mother and guru P B Krishna Bharathi has been her motivational force. She has been giving stage performances since the age of 7, and has more than 200 performances to her credit. She has donned both the male and female characters in dance ballets.
Pallavi is a student of the Pallavi Academy of Fine Arts in Habsiguda, established by her mother and her uncle Dr S K Venkatachari, a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She has a degree in electronics and communications engineering, and wants to pursue dance full-time. With a perfect sense of rhythm, expression and grace, Pallavi is raring to scale great heights in Kuchipudi.
Pallavi has performed in Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, in addition to at all the major cities in India. She is a recipient of the senior level CCRT scholarship from the Government Of India, and has been awarded the Nrityarchana, the GVR Foundation Youth Award, and the Kalke Kalakaar and Singar Mani Award from Mumbai.
Krishna Bharati is the Principal of Pallavi Academy Of Fine Arts and a Kuchipudi dancer, trained under Vedantham Prahalada Sarma and now under Dr. Shobha Naidu. Krishna Bharati is also an M A in Dance from the Hyderabad Central University. She conducted a workshop of dance at Washington DC, and has given various performances there.
She has been conferred upon the titles of Natya Visharada, Samskruti Ratna and Natyasri. She has choreographed several dance ballets for her students, and has since been teaching dance and music at the institute.
SICA was founded in 1959 by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, the Finance Minister of Hyderabad's Nizam and a great patron of Carnatic music. The association has since organised more than 1,000 concerts. It has provided a basic platform for upcoming artistes like U P Raju and Nagamani, Mandolin Srinivas and the Malladi Brothers. It conducts workshops, felicitates artistes, and provides both moral and financial support to upcoming artistes. Dr S Chakravarthy, IAS, former Chief Secretary to the Govt. Of AP, is the current President of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
The entry to the concert is by invitations for members - members of the general public need to buy donor passes of Rs. 25 or Rs. 50 per head. Please contact V Ramachandran at 92461-61420 for further details.