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Yamini bags the coveted ‘Devadasi’ award

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Another feather: Yamini Reddy performing at a programme. —
Another feather: Yamini Reddy performing at a programme. —

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BHUBANESWAR: Daughter and disciple of the New Delhi-based celebrated Kuchipudi dancer couple Raja and Radha Reddy, young but versatile Yamini Reddy has bagged the Devdasi National Award for dance for this year.

The award, instituted by Bhubaneswar-based Devdasi Nrutya Mandir, an organisation engaged in promotion of Indian classical dance and music for the past three years would be conferred on Yamini on October 17 at Jayadev Bhawan here during the concluding day of the three-day Devdasi Natioanl Dance Festival, informed the hosts.

The last living devdasi of Puri Temple, Shasimoni Mahari would confer the award and bless the artiste in presence of the King of Puri popularly known as Gajapati.

The awardee would also perform on the occasion.

The award, launched last year, is meant for an outstanding young Indian classical dancer below 35 years in the world who has the passion, devotion and dedication of a devdasi (temple dancers) for dance, explained Devdasi Nrutya Mandir founder and festival coordinator Mr.Jagabandhu Jena.

US-based Odissi dancer Shibani Patnaik was the recipient of the award last year, he added.

A committee comprising dance critics, dance gurus and senior dancers elected Yamini as their unanimous choice from among the 10 short-listed artistes across the globe, Mr.Jena revealed.

The festival would feature 15 dancers from five countries, representing seven Indian classical dance styles besides the ritualistic Mahari dance of Puri.


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