Usharani has over 400 performances to her credit, so the good news is you'll enjoy yourself tonite. The bad news is, this is a million years old - in your lifetime, Devi will not come to fight evil.
Shilparamam, as part of the Devi Navaratris and the Dussera festivities, is organising an evening of Kuchipudi dance ballet by Dr Usharani and group, on 1st October.
Dr Usharani, along with her disciples Gayatri, Sharada, Keerthana, Chetana, Mamatha, Sravanthi, Shruthi, Mrudula, Vaishnavi, Gouri, Srija, Kiranmayi, Raksha, Lakshmi Shreya and Sugnaneshwari, will be presenting a Kuchipudi ballet, Sharanavadevi Mahatyam, which depicts the nine roopas of the Devi or Shakti, getting rid of the nine asuras who were a big hindrance to the peace of the world.
The nine roopas or forms of Shakti are Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati, Yogmaya, Raktdantika, Shakkubhari, Shri Durga, Bhramri and Chandika. Being an aggregate of the nine forms of energies, she kills the nine asuras, Madhu, Kaitabha, Mahishasura, Dhumra Lochana, Chanda, Munda, Raktabeeja, Shumbha and Nishumbha.
The orchestra for the ballet comprises Sarma on the mridangam, Rajashekar on the violin, Indira Srinivas and Raghava for the vocals, Sridevi for the nattuvangam and Prakash on the flute, with direction by Dr V Govinda Reddy.
Dr Usharani is the founder of the Raja Rajeshwari Arts Academy. She has a MA and Doctorate in Dance from the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University. She has learnt and continues to learn Kuchipudi from Pasumarthi Seshubabu. She has over 400 performances to her credit, all over India, with many awards, a few being Natya Mayuri, Natya Choodamani, Sri Kalaratna and Kala Prapoorna. Over 200 students have learnt the art of Kuchipudi under her tutelage, and some 45 more are still learning from her.
Please contact the venue at 2310-0455 for further details.