Sahitya has come from the US to India just to learn Kuchipudi from Maddali Usha Gayathri. Does that speak greater of Usha Gayathri's reputation or Sahitya's zeal? Actually, it speaks greatest of Kuchipudi!
Sahitya is presenting her Kuchipudi Rangapravesam, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium, on 5th July. The recital starts with a Jatiswaram Ramayana Keertana, followed by Annamayya's Alarulu Kuriyaga, Jayadeva's Ashtapadi Chandana Charchita, Bhama Kalapam, Tarangam, Tillana and a Mangalam.
The orchestra will be provided by Usha Gayathri and Srivalli Sarma with the nattuvangam and vocals respectively, Sridharachari on the mridangam, K Anil Kumar on the violin, Rayaprolu Sudhakar on the veena, Srikanth on the ghatam and Venkatesh on the flute.
Sahitya is a US-based Kuchipudi dancer learning Kuchipudi from Nrithya Kinnera, under Maddali Usha Gayathri. She is currently studying medicine in USA where her family has settled. Having been brought up in the US, she hardly speaks her mother tongue Telugu. But she has developed a special liking towards the culture of Andhra Pradesh and so has taken up Kuchipudi. She intends to continue learning dance even in USA and some day perform in India.
Maddali Usha Gayathri is a disciple of late Vedantam Jagannadha Sarma and late Yelleswarapu Surya Prakasa Sarma. A disciplined and traditional Kuchipudi dancer, she has performed extensively both in India and abroad earlier, but has now settled as a guru teaching young budding artistes at her dance school Nritya Kinnera. She occasionally performs in dance ballets along with her students, which she choreographs - her favourite is Yashoda Krishna. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hamsa Award from the Government Of Andhra Pradesh.
Please contact Maddali Usha Gayathri of Nrithya Kinnera at 99890-41777 for further details.