Natya Tarangini Institute Of Kuchipudi Dance is presenting Andhri, in the Parampara Series of the National Festival Of Music And Dance, from 31st August to 2nd September, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. This 3-day festival will feature some of the topmost dancers and musicians of the country, like Kuchipudi dancers Raja & Radha Reddy, Kathak dancer Shovana Narayan, mridangist Dr. Yella Venkateshwara Rao, tabla player Bikram Ghosh, Odissi dancer Sharon Lowen and ghazal maestro Hariharan.
Arriving in India from the US in 1973 after acquiring her bachelor and master degrees in Humanities, Fine Arts, Asian Studies and Dance from the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar to continue her studies of Manipuri and learn Odissi and Chhau, Sharon has made her home in India to dedicate herself to her work as an artist and to promote education in the arts.
A scholar, teacher and performing artist, Sharon was trained since 1975 in Odissi by the doyen of the art, Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra; in Manipuri by Minati Roy from 1969 through 1971 and from 1973 by Guru Singhajit Singh in Delhi and by Ranjani Maibi and Thangjam Chaoba Singh in Manipur; and in Mayurbhanj Chhau by Late Guru Krishna Chandra Naik and in Seraikella Chhau by Guru Kedarnath Sahoo.
Over the last 25 years, Sharon has given hundreds of performances throughout India and in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Kuwait, Dubai, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangladesh. She has choreographed and performed Odissi dances in Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit and Oriya for performances and festivals around the country and for Doordarshan.
Sharon has received many awards and honors, including the prestigious Prime Minister's Acharya Narendra Dev Sarokar Samajik Samman in 1991. The Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad awarded her with its prestigious Parishad Samman '92 for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Indian Arts. Other include The Rashtriya Ekta Award, the Delhi Ratan, the Bharat Nirman Award and the Singar Mani Award.
Natya Tarangini is an institute of excellence devoted to the Kuchipudi dance. It's run by Padmabhushans Raja and Radha Reddy, and Kaushalya, over the last 29 years, with the aim of propagating the rich Indian heritage of a glorious music and dance tradition.
As part of its endeavor to redefine and rejuvenate this heritage in the arts, dance and music, Natya Tarangini has been organising major dance and music festivals titled the Parampara series. Under the series, Natya Tarangini has organized this series as Vaangmayee in 2004, Layaalayam in 2005 and Sambhavami Yuge Yuge in 2006, all in Delhi. This year, it is being held for the first time in Hyderabad, and is being called Andhri.
The entry to the festival is free for all. Please contact Natya Tarangini at 98662-67980 for further details.