This is another of the umpteen performances by young ones in November. Pooja
Dattani, Nuti Satyavani, T Sravanthi... been through all of them? Shruthi Reddy,
a 3rd year computer science engg student, has been learning Kuchipudi since
she was 10 years old, under the able guidance of her guru Maddali
Usha Gayatri. And she's already given several performances along with her
Guru. After her rangapravesam on the 25th of April (where A Madhava Reddy
and Dr. C Narayan Reddy were the guests of honor), she has been graded "A" in
the auditions conducted by the Dept of Culture, and graded "B" by the Doordarshan
Kendra. Her programme also has been recorded by Doordarshan.
The program today marks her 25th solo performance. Guests to the event include
Dr Nataraja Ramakrishna, dance maestro, N Gopi, VC of the Telugu University,
Prabhakar Reddy, MP, and P Narasimha Reddy, Principal of the Srinidhi Institute
of Science and Technology.
Swetha Reddy is younger still. The younger sister of Shruthi is studying in
the 9th standard at St Joseph's Public School at King Kothi. She too has been
learning dance under Usha Gayatri for the last 5 years, and has participated
in various performances along with her Guru and sister Shruthi.