Shambhavi School of Dance presents
Nayika: National Seminar and Dance Festival
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
March 7, 2015 Chennai 

February 26, 2015

Kuchipudi, one of the popular dance forms of India was originally a Natyamela tradition called as Kuchipudi Bhagavatam / Kuchipudi Yakshagana presented only by men. As literature states, Siddhendra Yogi, the chief architect of Kuchipudi trained a group of young Brahmin boys in this art form to narrate stories from the Bhagavatam. Even the feminine roles were donned by men. With the passing of time, Kuchipudi branched out as a solo form welcoming women into it. It was Late Guru Vedantam Laksh minarayana Sastry who was instrumental in introducing women into this art form and ever since, there has been a remarkable contribution made by women.

This Seminar will highlight the path treaded by women who have contributed immensely in preserving, promoting and popularizing Kuchipudi. We also aim to bring forth the contribution of many artists less known, but worthy of recognition and to document their guidelines in order to inspire the younger generation.

After completing a successful launch in Bangalore the previous year, Nayika which is the brain child of Vyjayanthi Kashi will be held in Chennai with the support of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on 7th March 2015. The festival begins with seminars in the morning session at Bhavan’s Mini Auditorium followed by an evening of award ceremony and performances at Bhavan's Main Auditorium presenting choreographic works with the theme Nayika as a celebration of womanhood on the eve of International Women’s Day.

As part of the tradition, Shambhavi School of Dance wishes to confer this year’s  Natyasastra Award to guru Sobha Naidu who has been the Dream Girl of Kuchipudi.  Vyjayantimala Bali and Yamini Krishnamurthy have been the previous recipients of Natyasastra award.

This will be followed by the release of the DVD titled The Magic of Kuchipudi  featuring Prateeksha Kashi presenting the choreographic works of her Guru Vyjayanthi Kashi before moving on to the evening performances by eminent artists.

Morning Seminar Session: 10am to 12.30pm
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, mini hall, Mylapore

Subject: Contribution of women to Kuchipudi
Guru Sobha Naidu – Hyderabad
M Vasanthalakshmi – Chennai
Prasanna Rani – Hyderabad
Rangamani – Hyderabad

Dr. Rama Devi – Hyderabad

This will be followed by an open discussion.

Evening Performances: 6pm to 9pm
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, main hall, Mylapore

Kuchipudi by Vyjayanthi Kashi – Bangalore
Odissi by Sharmila Biswas - Kolkata
Mohiniattam by Gopika Verma – Chennai

Chief Guest: Guru Chitra Visweswaran
Guest of Honour: Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao

All are welcome.