Indian classical dance. Kuchipudi style.

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Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam

The name of Maestro Vempati Chinna Satyam and the word Kuchipudi are almost synonymsDr. Vempati Chinna Satyam nowadays. This man holds the merit in spreading Kuchipudi style in India and in the whole world.


Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam was born in the village of Kuchipudi in 1929 in one of the 15 traditional Brahman families whose profession was dance. Nine generations of his ancestors dedicated their lives to Kuchipudi, and Vempati followed the way of tradition. He became a student of the legendary Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Shastra and adopted his innovating ideas. He was overfilled with desire to carry Kuchipudi out of the limits of traditional village and bring it to a new level.


At the age of 18 Vempati headed for Madras, the cultural centre of the Southern India. Having come through many difficulties and after achieving the recognition, in 1963 he founded "Kuchipudi Art Academy" and trained more than 1000 students. Among them were such legendary dancers as Vijantimala, Jamini Krishnamurti, Manju Bagavi, Shobha Naidu, Hemma Malini, Kamadev and others.


Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam gave about 3000 performances in India and abroad, composed circa 180 solo dances and set up 17 dance dramas. Besides he systematized Kuchipudi, gave it a new more perfect form without prejudice to the original purity of dance.


For the performances of his first ballets "Krishna Parijatam" and "Kshira Sagara Madanam" and for playing main roles in them Vempati was awarded with a hailstorm of applause from the public and by approvals from critics. He made his first overseas tour in 1971 to England and France. Then followed South America, The Caribbean, The USA, Russia, Canada, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands. Together with his troupe Maestro traveled all over the world and wherever he was his wonderful choreography and brilliant style received the highest marks.


Thus, his old dream of Kuchipudi's recognition as a classic style and spreading it all over India and abroad came true. The whole world opened its doors before Maestro. A great number of his students from all over the world founded schools in their countries where they continue their Master's work by opening the wonderful world of Kuchipudi to people.


The studio of Indian classic dance "Ananda Tandava" under the guidance of Eleonora Levanskaya is one of such schools of the second generation.

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