MOSCOW KUCHIPUDI DANCE STUDIO ANANDA THANDAVA
A Russian Studio of Indian classical dance «ANANDA TANDAVA» presents an ancient
tradition of temple dance – KUCHIPUDI.
The studio was founded in 2005. The art director and the founder of the studio «Ananda
Tandava» is Eleonora Levanskaya.
Being an engineer by education (she graduated
from MSTU n. a. N.E. Bauman in 2000, Computer Systems and Networks Faculty,
specialist) from her very childhood Eleonora took deep interest in Indian
culture, especially, Indian dance. She started learning Kathak in 1996 in
Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre of the Indian Embassy in Moscow. Later she also
went in for Bharatnatyam during a year. In 1999 she started learning Kuchipudi
with Irina Strakhovenko – a student of a renowned Guru – Maestro Vempati Chinna
Satyam. She took lessons with Padma Puttu and Vera Krishnaraj (also the students
of Vempatyi Chinna Satyam) later. Since 2005 Eleonora has been learning the art
of classical dance on her own.
The principle activity of the studio is training all willing students in
Kuchipudi art form, organizing performances, lectures, workshops, and
participating in joint stage performances with different dance-trend schools.
Our dancers took part in dance competitions at various times. In 2007 a student
of our studio – Nazira Tyuleneva became a winner in the nomination "The Indian
Classical Dance - Kuchipudi - solo (adults)" and took the first prize.
The studio continually takes part in topical TV shows - both central (1st
channel, TVS, NTV, Culture channel) and cable ones (Stolitsa Plus, India TV, VKT,
Acado TV, TDK) to popularize Indian culture.
In 2008 «ANANDA TANDAVA» in collaboration with the cine-studio «Borbor» headed
by the director Mikhail Trofimenko shot a training film on dance practice and
history of Kuchipudi style. The film is regularly shown on «India TV» channel.
We have been working closely with the State Museum of Oriental Arts since 2005
presenting our lecture-concerts there.
In 2010 our studio began to contribute with Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre of
the Indian Embassy in Moscow taking part in the performance and the concert
tours organized by them. And our students now have the opportunity to attend
workshops of the eminent dancers and teachers from India.