The Dance Department of Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University is presenting a 2-day dance festival on 24th and 25th January at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. As part of the festival, disciples of Bhagavathula Sethuram from Kuchipudi Nritya Nilayam will be presenting a Kuchipudi dance recital at 6:20pm.
Sethuram is the Head of the Department of Dance at the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, and is a recipient of the Nandi Award for his choreography and performance of the Kuchipudi ballet, Geethagovindam. He has choreographed many dance ballets like Ramayana, Bhagavadgeeta and Girija Kalyanam, to name a few. He has also contributed his art to social welfare by directing ballets like Lakshmana Rekha and War & Peace that deal with atrocities against women.
He has been awarded the Saraswati Award, the Prathibha Puraskaram, the Ugadi Puraskaram, the Nrithya Kinnera Award by the Delhi Telugu Academy, and the Excellence Award by the Andhra Maha Sabha in Mauritius. He has performed in various European countries, and also in the USA, UK, Singapore, Dubai, Sharjah and South Africa, in addition to numerous performances in various cities and towns of India.
Kuchipudi Nritya Nilayam was started in 1958 by the late Bhagavatula Rama Kotaiah, and got registered in 1962. The institution has, over a period of time, developed many renowned artistes and ballets. Following in his foot-steps, this tradition is being spread across the globe by his disciple and son, Bhagavatula Sethuram.
Entry is free for everyone. Please contact Dr. Alekhya Punjala, festival co-ordinator, at 2323-0435 / 2323-0641 for further details.