Kuchipudi dance workshop, May 2017

I attended the Kuchipudi dance workshop for 10 days from May1-10 at Kuchipudi art academy, Chennai for 10 days. Kuchipudi art academy was founded by the legendary kuchupudi icon, Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam garu. ┬áIt was indeed a wonderful experience and the passion of everyone who works and learns there is amazing. The teaching here…

Dances around the world Oct’16 – Mar’17

As I am spending a few months this year traveling, I got to witness some of the finest dances around the world such as Flamenco in spain, belly dance in Dubai, Kathakali in Kerala, Bharatnatyam in Tamil nadu and of course Kuchipudi, my favorite dance.

Kathakali, Jan ’17

I got the opportunity to watch a live kathakali dance performance in Kerala. It was beautiful to say the least. Kathakali is one of the classical dances of India. It is distinguished by colorful make-up, costumes and face art.  

Workshop with Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma garu – Aug 2016

I have been attending workshops of Pasumarthi garu for the last five years during his US visits every summer. I am fortunate to do it this year too and learn Kailasa giri dance item from him. The choreography is excellent and the dance requires lot of stamina and practice. Below is photo with my Guru….

Silicon Andhra Annamacharya Jayanthi – May 2016

Rachana participated in the Silicon Andhra All America 608th Annamayya Jayanthi Utsavam dance competition and won second prize. She danced for Annamacharya Keerthana Shodasa Kalanidhiki choreographed by her Guru Smt. Madhuri Kishore.      

Lecture Demonstration in Peru, South America – July 2016

It was a great experience to give a lecture and demonstration about Kuchipudi dance in Lima, Peru. This was organized by the Centro Cultural India in Lima in association with the Indian Embassy of Peru and Bolivia. The Peruvians were very interested in learning about Indian dance form and they tried out a few steps…