Here's a buy-one-get-two offer - there are 2 couples in these three Kuchipudi
performers! And the government has recognized them, too!
As part of SICA's 42nd Annual Festival of Music and Dance, eminent artists Raja Reddy, Radha Reddy and Kaushalya are to perform on the second day. The trio (husband and wives) is highly talented and will present a ballet called "Shiva Leela" on the day. A detailed profile of the performers:
Raja & Radha Reddy
The world-renowned dancing couple has given a new dimension to the age-old art of Kuchipudi without sacrificing the traditional poetry or dramatic sensibility. With rare excellence and perfection of technique, they have earned the credit for Kuchipudi's high ranking today among the major dance forms in India. They hail from Andhra Pradesh, the birthplace of Kuchipudi.
Raja married his cousin Radha when she was just 5 and he himself was 11. Through their togetherness and perfect unison, Raja and Radha portray the masculine vigor and the lyrical charm of the classical pairs of Hindu mythology such as Shiva-Parvati, Rama-Sita and Krishna-Radha, thus identifying themselves with the twin concepts of Purusha and Prakriti, the male-female principle in Indian philosophy.
Through precise postures and refined patterns, the duo re-enlivens the magnificent sculptures chiseled in the ancient temples of India. They have formulated a syllabus for the Kuchipudi repertoire, systematizing the basic movements and mudras and choreographed each item to make Kuchipudi acceptable to modern cosmopolitan audiences. They are the first couple to choreograph sequences of different dance forms for the Government of India during the Republic day celebrations in the year 1999.
Raja and Radha Reddy are the youngest and the first Indian couple to get the prestigious Padmasri awards individually in 1984, in recognition of their contribution to Kuchipudi. They also received other prominent awards like the International Meridian Award, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, and the Nritya Choodamani (from the Krishna Gana Sabha of Madras).
Moulded in the strict discipline and austere commitment of the Siddhendra Kalashetra of Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh and trained under famous dancers like Vedantam Rattiah Sarma, Raja and Radha Reddy, Kaushalya has emerged as one of the most talented artists of this world famous dance form.
Gifted with a svelte figure, a pretty and sensitive face, flawless footwork and scintillating grace, Kaushalya has in abundance all that it takes to be a first rate danseuse. She is an example of the union of a strong tradition with a willingness to enrich her art through intellect and aesthetics. She has been dancing right since her childhood. She was a guest dancer with Indrani Rehman for two years. Her performance of the young Prahlada staged by Raja and Radha Reddy got her a good name when she was just five years old.
Her keen interest and love for Kuchipudi made her marry Raja Reddy, her brother -in-law, in 1979 at an age of 15 so that she could continue in the atmosphere that suited her best and inspired to keep this form alive.
Please contact Chakrapani, SICA, at 761-4374 for further details.