Andhra Pradesh

A visual delight for connoisseurs

Laudable effort Participants at the ‘Sri Annamacharya pada nrutyotsavam’ in Tirupati.

Laudable effort Participants at the ‘Sri Annamacharya pada nrutyotsavam’ in Tirupati.  

369 dancers perform at ‘Sri Sri Annamacharya pada nrutyotsavam’

The classical dance forms of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam, combined with mellifluous rendition of sankeertanas penned by saint poet Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya, offered a visual delight for the denizens of the temple city on Saturday. As many as 369 classical dancers, in groups of 10,15 and 20, took part in the day-long event ‘Sri Sri Annamacharya pada nrutyotsavam’, performing on sankeertanas in praise of Lord Venkateswara.

“It is essential to safeguard our culture and traditions for the upcoming generations. Through this programme we aim at encouraging the classical dancers and propagate sankeertanas penned by Annamacharya,” maintained K.V. Ramanaa Rao and Lalitha Rao, presidents of ABC Foundation and Bharath Arts Academy respectively. Mr. Rao said the proceedings of the event, which lasted fo rnearly 12 hours, would be sent to the officials of the Culture Book of REcords for an attempt or the longest classical dance performance (both kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam back to back) on the sankeertanas of Annamacharya by 369 dancers.

Speaking to The Hindu, they further recalled various such events conducted across the Telugu-speaking states and remarked that 35 ‘Natya gurus’ would be felicitated at an event in Tirupati. In addition to this, veteran film director Sagar, Siddhendra Kalakshetram principal and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Vedantam Ramalinga Sastry and former Head of Department (Bharatanatyam) at Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) K. Devendra Pillai were presented with lifetime achievement awards.

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