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Indian Classical Dance Institutes & The Pandemic

Indian Classical Dance Institutes & The Pandemic

As someone heading a Classical dance institute I have been intrigued to understand how schools of other Indian dance forms have adapted to the circumstances we live in today. To explore this curiosity, artistic directors, CP Satyajit (Bharata Kalanjali, Chennai), Arushi Mudgal (Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi) and Bhavana Reddy (Natya Tarangini, New Delhi) joined me in conversation.

We discussed how respective institutes have adjusted course through the pandemic and what lies in the future.

Legendary Kuchipudi Dancing couple, Raja and Radha Reddy, is responsible for bringing Kuchipudi dance, the pride of Andhra Pradesh, onto the cultural map of the world.

Legendary Kuchipudi Dancing couple, Raja and Radha Reddy, is responsible for bringing Kuchipudi dance, the pride of Andhra Pradesh, onto the cultural map of the world.
For their contribution to the art form they have been decorated with many awards nationally and internationally. They have had the honor of performing for presidents and prime ministers of many countries such as President Ford, Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro etc. They have conducted charity shows for Red Cross Society, Blind Relief Association, and the home for the aged people in Bombay and CRY. They had the honor of being invited as the first Indian dancers to participate in the International Dance festival of Avignon in France and Salzburg in Austria.

The couple’s contribution to the festival of India in the USA and the UK was considered outstanding. They were the star attraction of the All Star Ballet Gala festival in Japan. The Reddys inaugurated the India Festival in Bangladesh. Raja and Radha Reddy have created history by becoming the first couple to receive Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan award individually and simultaneously for the same cause by the President of India, the Sangeet Natak Academy award, International Meridian award etc.