Shilparamam is presenting a Kuchipudi dance recital by Swathi Somnath, on 30th December, the penultimate day of the All-India Crafts Mela. Somnath will start the recital with an Amba Stuthi on Goddess Parvati, followed by Narayana Teertha's Krishna Nee Begani, Aadi Shankaracharya's Aigiri Nandini, Jayadeva's Dashavatara Ashtapadi and Vallabhacharya's Adharam Madhuram.
The orchestra for the recital is by Pasumarti Sai Deepika with the nattuvangam, Vijayalakshmi and Garimella Gopalakrishna with the vocals, Pavan Singh on the violin and P R C Sarma on the mridangam.
Swathi Somnath doesn't need an introduction to music and dance-loving Hyderabadis. She is amongst the best dancers of the country, and is known for her abhinayas, footwork and choreography. She has choreographed some famous ballets like Sarvagna Shankara, Draupadi and the Kamasutra.
Somnath learnt under Sumathi Kaushal, and had her rangapravesam at Ravindra Bharathi in 1980. Since then, she has made her presence felt with some wonderful recitals around the country and the world. She practices both Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, although Kuchipudi is her personal favorite.
She was felicitated on a number of occasions, including with the distinguished Kala Ratna Award in 2006, and the Ugadi Puraskar and the International Woman Of The Year Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, apart from Nritya Kaushal by Late Dr. Channa Reddy and Best Kuchipudi Dancer by the Vice-President Of India. Her academy Nritya Bharati, in West Marredpally, trains youngsters in Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Carnatic music.
Please contact Swathi Somanath at 98491-07426 or the venue at 2310-0455 for further details.