Dr Ardhanareswaram Venkat Kuchipudi Exponent Profile
Dr Ardhanareswaram Venkat
Kuchipudi
Dr Ardhanareswaram Venkat Kuchipudi Exponent Profile

Dr. Ardhanareeswaram Venkat, holder of Guinness World Records,Global World Records, Limca Book of records, 2 India Book of records, Wonder world Record, Unique World Record and Telugu Book of Records, for 'Revived the tradition of Ardhanareeswaram form of Kuchipudi dance a rare and challenging to perform item which was on the verge of extinction and has given myriad performances that account to 3456 so far', that spreads the message of male and female complimentarity to the world society, revived from the verge of extinction by Dr.Venkat himself, is the most pioneering Guru and Performer of contemporary times in the Kuchipudi Tradition. Demonstrated his mastery of various items, techniques and nuances of the highly variegated kuchipudi classical dance tradition on stages all over the world, and has become one of the first few names taken when the contemporary state of affairs of the Kuchipudi tradition is discussed. As the director of Nritya Darpana dance academy, he has been training young dancers for the last 26years. Some of his students now become leading performers of contemporary kuchipudi dance taking his flag of performing challenging items forward to various stages in India and Abroad.

Trained by various gurus such as Bharatakalaprapoorna Korada Narasimha Rao, Padmasree Nataraja Ramakrishna, Padmabushan Swapnasundari, Smt.Uma Rama Rao and others, right from his 12th year Dr.Venkat learnt rare and challenging items of Kuchipudi Dance such as Simhanandini, Mayura Kouthwam, Laksmi Avirbhavam and Nritya Bharati, which have got to do with drawing pictures of Bharata Maata, India Map, Lion, Peacock, Lotus, Bull and Lamb with dancing feet, while performing classical dance in Kuchipudi Style as part of Temple rituals.

The item item Ardhanareeswaram for which the name of Dr,Venkat has become synonymous, has got to do with performing masculine and feminine dances by the same dancer in the two vertical halves of the dancers body as the part of the same performances given its challenging nature, the item was about to become extinct, by the time Dr. Venkat decided to revive this item 20 years ago, not only for artistic reasons but also for a social cause of spreading the message of complimentary roles of male and female for the healthy functioning of the society.

His Ph.D dissertation on the comparative study of Folk and Classical Traditions, with focus on rare aspect of Telugu Theatrical performances called ‘Pagati Veeshalu’(day time guises), has become a land mark in the study of Indian performing arts.

Through his probing research he brought out certain items of Kuchipudi Dance Tradition such as Chodigani Kalapam, which were about to disappear and scripts of which were also at the verge of getting lost.

He contributed immencesly to bringing contemporary relevance to Kuchipudi Tradition by enacting and choreographing various novel item such as the story of Sri Vivekananada, a reformational lyric of early 20th century by a Indian renaissance writer Gurajada Apparao and the story of Jesus Christ.

As part of his preservation and dissemination mission, he brought out several Publications and C.Ds that help the upcoming classical dance zealots to take the tradition forward.

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Dr Ardhanareswaram Venkat
Nritya Darpanam
Darpan
16-11-741/D-35
Moosarambagh
Dilsukhnagar
Dilsukhnagar
HYDERABAD-36.
90320 03363
9849833363
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