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Nirmala Visweswara Rao is making all efforts to promote Sanatana Nartanam.

HYDERABAD: Kuchipudi artiste ‘Natyakala Vidwanmani’ K. Nirmala Visweswara Rao is leaving no stone unturned to promote what she has named as ‘Sanatana Nartanam’. As the name indicates, it is a compilation depicting the metamorphosis of dance in the four Vedic periods, viz., Krutha, Tretha, Dwapara and Kali Yuga. She indicates that traditional dance existed in its purest form during the Vedic periods, as it was encouraged and patronised to a great extent. “Dance was practised in temples and royal courts as a form of paying obeisance to the Almighty, hailing the valour of the emperor or even as the most simple form of providing entertainment to the public,” she says.

Nirmala Visweswara Rao was in Tirupati recently on Sunday along with her disciples to give a concert on themes centred on Lord Venkateswara at Shilparamam (Tirupati Urban Haat) as part of the Navaratri Brahmotsavams. On the sidelines of her performance, she explained the background of the new concept, now under incubation.

Though she is well-versed in Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri and Mohiniyattam, she preferred to choreograph it in Kuchipudi.

The script for the ballet is ready, the music composition is over and she has also chosen the players. “We have worked extensively in the studio and we are all set for the performance soon, maybe by next Ugadi”, she added.

She is already known for Bharateeya Nrithya Jhari, a compilation of various dance forms of India, all rolled into one. It gives a gist of all the traditional dance forms that portrays the truly pluralistic nature of the country. “Foreign nationals visiting India do not get a glimpse of all the dance forms, nor can the members of Indian diaspora be familiar with all forms when artistes go there for a performance. It is hence a novel idea to encapsulate all of them and show something of everything.”

She has also choreographed ballets on ‘Mohini Bhasmasura’, ‘Shakuntala Parinayam’, ‘Ananda Thandavam’, ‘Sri Ramakatha Saram’, ‘Dasavatharam’, ‘Kshamaya Dharitri’ and ‘Sri Krishna Vilasam’ A disciple of noted Kuchipudi exponent Chinta Ramamurthy, she has trained over 2000 students through her Nirmala Nrithya Nikethan in Hyderabad, during her career spanning two decades.

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