Raja Reddy - The famous Kuchipudi Dancer
Shri Raja Reddy - The famous Kuchipudi Dancer
Shri. Raja and Smt. Radha Reddy, the most extraordinary Kuchipudi dancers - have been bestowed with number of awards which includes "PadhmaBhushan" the highest award to honor a performing artist by the Government of India.
World renowned dancing couple Raja and Radha Reddy have given a new dimension to the age old art of Kuchipudi dance without sacrificing the traditional poetry or dramatic sensibility. With rare excellence and perfection of technique they have earned the credit for Kuchipudi’s high ranking today among the major dance form in India. They hail from the state of Andhra Pradesh, Narsapur, (Nirmal, Dist: Adilabad), the birth place of Kuchipudi style of India classical Dance. Raja married his cousin Radha when she was just 5 years old and Raja was 11(child marriage).
Through their togetherness and perfect unison Raja and Radha Reddy portray the masculine vigor and lyrical charm of the classical pairs of Hindu mythology such as Shiva-Parvati, Rama-Sita and Krishna-Radha thus identifying themselves with the twin concept of Purusha and Prakriti, the male-female principle in Indian philosophy. In precise postures and refined patterns the duo re-enlivens the magnificent sculptures chiseled in the ancient temples of India.
A Grace Incarnate
Gifted with a svelte figure, a pretty and sensitive face, flawless footwork and scintillating grace, Kaushalya has in abundance all that it takes to be a first rate danseuse. Today she is considered as one of the most talented and established artists of the world-famous dance form of Kuchipudi.
Moulded in the strict discipline and austere commitment of the Sidhendra Kalakshetra of Kuchipudi village in Andra Pradesh and trained under the renouwned dancers, Vedantam Rattiah Sarma and Raja-Radha Reddy's stringent and meticulous supervision. Kaushalya is a superb example of the union of a strong tradition with willingness--to experiment through her intellect and aesthetics.
Dancing since her childhood, she has been receiving rave reviews for her performnaces. Her potrayal of young ‘Prahlada’ in a dance drama staged by Raja-Radha Reddy is still considered as brilliant by many an art critic or a connoisseur of this dance form. As a delegate of the Government of India, Kaushalya has performed across all the continents of the world.
She has been the key person conducting the affairs of Raja-Radha Reddy’s performances all over the world for more than two decades. She also teaches Kuchipudi dance to the younger generation of students at Natya Tarangini, day in and day out and is the real arbiter of the Reddys' glorious annual series of music & dance festival, the ‘Parampara'.
“Yamini is made just for dance. She is a complete performer”
complimented Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar on 30th December 2002, after witnessing her performance.
Born to the legendary Kuchipudi exponents, Padma Bhushans Raja and Radha Reddy in 1982, Yamini has got dance in inheritance from her parents. Dance comes naturally to Yamini as swimming to a fish.
She is a multi-faceted personality. Endowed with a sculpted figure, a perfect face and scintillating grace, a very captivating presence with the right aptitude for rhythm and expressions, Yamini Reddy has in abundance all that it takes to be a first rate danseuse.
Yamini learnt Kuchipudi from her parents and gave her first solo performance at the tender age of three in New Delhi that got her standing ovation. She has inherited her father's Tandava and mother's lasya, a combination that is evident in her style.
Famous parents can prove to be a tough yardstick for their kids, especially those who aspire to make their own niche in the same field. Yet, Yamini refuses to be intimidated by the tough road in front of her.
The younger generation today believes in experimenting and that is essential too but continuity is also necessary. The future is to be built on the foundations laid on the past and the present. With the adage in mind, Yamini has decided to master the conventional style of performing Kuchipudi dance. She is the thread of continuity in the family tradition of the Reddys.
Yamini was selected to study medicine abroad but gave up the offer to stay back and learn what is most dear to her heart.... Kuchipudi classical dance. Yamini has toured the United Kingdom. France, the United States and Dubai. In Dublin(Ireland) and Fort Lauderdale (USA), the Mayors presented her with the golden key to the cities. . She has been awarded the 'Yuva Ratna Award' Youth Vocational Excellence award, FICCI young achiever's award, Devadasi National Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for dedication towards Kuchipudi Dance.
She has also started experimenting with choreography in her own style. Recently she in 2007 she presented 'Harmony' in collaboration with Modern Dancer Leah Curtis from New York which blended the worlds of Kuchipudi Dance and Modern Dance.
She was selected for studies abroad in the field of medicine but gave up the offer to stay back and learn and practise what is most dear to her heart. She has recently concluded her post graduation with a MBA degree in New Delhi.
Bhavana was born to Raja and Kaushalya on 20th March, 1990. Bhavna, by birth, has the God’s gift to understand and analyze Rhythm.
Despite her age, she is dedicated to learn Kuchipudi dance and music. Bhavana is also learning Carnatic style of India classical singing and how to play violin. She has an inborn attitude towards dance and music together with a sense of instinctive response. Bhavana has a very good stage presence,with good expression that come naturally to her. She is excellent in the rhythmic and the expressions part of Kuchipudi dance. Bhavana gives solo performances and takes part in dance-dramas. She enacted the role of Prahlada in "Prahlada Charitam" at USA which got her wide acclaim.
Bhavana accompanies Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy on their performances world-wide. She has already toured Dubai (1997-1998), and the U.S.A. (1998), Europe (2001) , South East Asia (2000) and United States (2003).
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