One of the ironies of life is that by the time that people are felicitating you
for what you really are, you are beyond it all. So you would assume that for the
68-year-old thespian, this is really another evening. May be, but the irony didn't
target this man - he was too good for it. One of Vedantham Satyanarayana Sharma's
earliest felicitations happened at the age of 30. And it was the Padmasri.
The Kuchipudi Nritya Kala Bhavan is celebrating its 14th anniversary, and as a part of it, is felicitating the eminent Kuchipudi guru Vedantam Satyanarayana Sharma. Satyanarayana Sharma is known for his enactment of Satyabhama, one of the most difficulty roles to portray, and he has enthralled audiences for decades by his performances. Born and brought up in the Krishna district, he continues to reside there. The PhD in Kuchipudi teaches aspiring students at his institute, the Venkatramana Kuchipudi Natya Mandali.
His disciple, Mahankali Mohan of the Kuchipudi Nritya Kala Bhavan, is felicitating him today for his contribution towards the art. Mohan himself a famous Nattuvangam specialist, and has learned this art form from Satyanarayana Sharma and Vempati Chinasatyam. He had started the Kuchipudi Nritya Kala Bhavan 14 years back, and has recently got a fellowship from the government. Currently he is working as an Assistant Lecturer at the Padmarao Nagar Music College.
This evening, Mohan's students Y S Hanuma, D V Naga Sai, S Swathi, D L Shanti, B Anjaiah, J V Sai Tejaswini and Srinivas Mahankali (Mohan's son) will also perform a Kuchipudi ballet to entertain the audiences.
Please contact Mahankali Mohan at 766-5557 for further details.