Lasya Priya, in a bid to showcase two of India's most popular classical dances - Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam - on one stage, is presenting Samhita, on 28th November, at the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University auditorium. This unique presentation will feature Vijay Palaparty from USA and Nalini Prakash from Coonoor, performing Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam respectively, together.
Palaparty will perform a solo on Annamayya's Vinnapalu Vinavale, and Prakash, a solo on Dr. Uma Rama Rao's composition on Mahashakti. They will then together perform a Jatiswaram, Ramayana Varnam, Jayadeva's Ashtapadi, Madurai N Krishnan's Tillana and a Thyagaraja's Mangalam. The orchestra for the recital is by Dr. Uma Rama Rao and D S V Sastry with the nattuvangam and vocal respectively, Rajagopalacharya on the mridangam, Dattatreya on the flute, Ramaraju Dinakar on the violin, and Jaikumaracharya with the special effects.
Vijay Palaparty is a US-based Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer, and has trained extensively under Dr. Uma Rama Rao in Hyderabad in the Kuchipudi style, and with Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy in Bharatanatyam. He has performed widely in North America, in India and in Australia.
Palaparty's work is heavily focused in education and outreach activities - he works in many schools and public venues in the United States, teaching Indian classical dance. He recently forayed into choreography, and is working on producing several multi-disciplinary projects. Vijay is a financial journalist based in Washington, DC, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennysylvania.
Nalini Prakash is an acclaimed Bharatanatyam performer, choreographer and teacher. She is a disciple of Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy at Shree Bharatalaya in Chennai, and also earned a master's degree in performance from M S Baroda University, where she worked with Professor C V Chandrasekhar.
Nalini is the founder and director of Silambarn in Coonoor, an institution dedicated to teaching Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music and dance theory. Additionally, she holds the position of Founder Secretary of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Nilgiris Kendra. Her work includes a range of programs in sabhas throughout India as well as performance and teaching opportunities in the United States.
Lasya Priya is an institute founded in 1985 by Dr. Uma Rama Rao to impart knowledge in the theoretical and the practical aspects of Indian classical dance traditions. In a span of 22 years, this institution has produced several students who work for the promotion of this ancient art tradition in India and abroad, either as teachers or as performing artists. Lasya Priya is also working hard towards the promotion of Indian spiritual and cultural heritage through multimedia, making use of information technology.
Please contact Dr. Uma Rama Rao at 2335-2115/92465-89617 for further details.