Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, in collaboration with Natya Tarangini Raja and Radha Reddy Institute of Kuchipudi Dance, is presenting Parampara Series 2011: Shreyasi - International Dance Festival
from 16th to 20th February at the Shilpakala Vedika auditorium in Madhapur and the Global Peace Auditorium, Gachibowli. The 5-day festival features 5 international dance groups from the U S A, Spain, Turkey, Russia and India.
As part of the festival, the second day will feature a grand Kuchipudi dance recital by Raja and Radha Reddy, along with Raja's second wife Kaushalya Reddy and his daughters Yamini and Bhavana Reddy.
Raja and Radha Reddy are disciples of Guru Vedantam Prahlada Sarma. They were trained at Sri Siddhendra Kalakshetram in Kuchipudi village, and at Kalakshetram in Eluru. Radha Reddy has learnt Odissi from Mayadhar Raut, and Raja Reddy has learnt Kathak at the Music College, Hyderabad.
Raja Reddy hails from an agricultural background, and his childhood fascination to learn dance had him leave his small village in Andhra Pradesh. It was dance that brought Radha and him together, despite the initial opposition from his parents. And it was dance again that united him with Kaushalya, the younger sister of Radha and his second wife.
Through their togetherness and perfect unison, Raja and Radha Reddy portray the masculine vigor and lyrical charm of the classical pairs of Hindu mythology including Shiva-Parvati, Rama-Sita and Krishna-Radha, thus identifying themselves with the twin concept of Purusha and Prakriti, the male-female principle in Indian philosophy.
The Reddys have taken the Kuchipudi dance style to various corners of the globe. The most memorable performance was at New Orleans before the then President of the United States of America, Gerald Ford. It was at New Orleans that they performed aboard a barge floating down the mighty Mississipi river.
Another moment they remember vividly was their performance in Cuba, which President Fidel Castro attended in person to video record their dance. They were the first Indian dancers who were invited to participate in the International Dance festival of Avignon in France and Salzburg in Austria.
Raja and Radha Reddy are proud recipients of many national and international awards for their contribution to the field of Kuchipudi. They were also the first to receive the Padmasri and Padmabhushan awards individually and together.
Entry is free. Please contact K Upasana of Natya Tarangini at 99854-50013 / 2335-8901 for further details.