‘Samavesh', a two-day special programme on Kuchipudi, began at Kalakshetra on Wednesday. The programme, organised jointly by Kalakshetra Foundation, South Zone Cultural Centre and Aseema Trust, was inaugurated by Governor K. Rosaiah.

Honouring the dancers, Mr. Rosaiah said Rukmini Devi Arundale spearheaded the renaissance of the classical style of Bharatanatayam. “India's art, music and fine arts have the cementing power. Kuchipudi is a class by itself. Vachika abhinaya is known for its special feature. Modern Kuchipudi has become the pride of India and that of Andhra Pradesh in particular.” Karunaker K. Menon, director, South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, who introduced the programme, said the centre was set up in the mid 1980s and not only aims to promote national integration but also documents, preserves and studies dances.

Samavesh is also about insights into Kuchipudi where the artistes take one point of view and highlight one aspect of the dance form, he said.

The programme began with a performance by dancer Srutha Kirthy, who later explained the nuances of footwork. Managing trustee of Aseema Trust V.R. Devika participated.

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