SN School to organize Colloquium on Kuchipudi Dance at Ravindra Bharathi
Hyderabad|India|February'2009: The Department
of Dance, Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts and
Communication, University of Hyderabad is organizing a one day Colloquium
on Kuchipudi to commemorate completion of 50 years of the 1959 seminar on
Kuchipudi dance, organized by Andhra Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi at
Hyderabad on Feb 28th and March 1st.
The seminar is being organized as a sequel to a seminar at Delhi in 1958,
the first dance seminar organized by the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, in
which Kuchipudi was not included in the evening performance, even though a
slot was allotted for one lecture-demonstration by Sri Vissa Appa Rao in
the morning. This caused deep consternation among the artists and
benefactors of Kuchipudi and as a result, they got together to establish
the classical status of the art form through this seminar.
Among several other positive outcomes, this seminar has paved way not only
to establish Kuchipudi as ‘classical’, but also in institutionalizing
Kuchipudi form by starting training centers at Eluru, Gudivada and
Vijayawada which in-turn facilitated its wide-spread.
The University of Hyderabad is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of this
event from 10.00 am this Sunday, 1st March, 2009, at the Conference Hall
of Ravindra Bharathi. The colloquium will be attended by illustrious
Gurus, scholars and performing artists like Prof. Nataraj Ramakrishna, Dr.
Modali Nagabhushan Sarma, Guru Sri Pasumarti Venugopala Krishna Sarma, Dr.
Sunil Kothari, Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao, Smt. Leela Venkataraman, Dr. Uma
Rama Rao, Sri Vedantam Radhe Shyam, Sri Pasumarthy Keshava Prasad and
There would be a screening of the recorded excerpts of the 1959 seminar
from the archives of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, the first
time after the event in 1959 and as such assumes historical significance.
This colloquium will be preceeded by garlanding the statue of Sri
Siddendra Yogi on Tank Bund by the artists and others and will be
continued in Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad.
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