Watch renowned classical Indian dance exponent Bhavana Reddy’s introductory class on Facebook on April 16.
If you are staying at home during this coronavirus lockdown twiddling your thumbs, why not shake a leg too to learn from home the popular classical Indian dance Kuchipudi?
The Indian embassy in Washington is bringing in Bhavana Reddy, a renowned exponent, as part of its ‘Learn from the Masters Series’ to hold twice weekly classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6PM to 7PM EDT.
Kuchipudi is one of the eleven major Indian classical dances that originated in a village named Kuchipudi in Andhra Pradesh.
A dance-drama performance, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra, Kuchipudi developed as a religious art linked to traveling bards, temples and spiritual beliefs, like all major classical dances of India.
Bhavana Reddy, younger daughter and disciple of legendary dancing couple Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy, is one of India’s leading young Kuchipudi performers and torchbearer of the Reddy tradition.
She is the recipient of the coveted National Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, highest honor for the Indian performing artist under the age of 40.
She has received Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Kuchipudi Dance by Telugu Cultural Association, Houston Texas, FICCI Young Women Achievers Award, Femina North Powerlist Award to name a few.
In her performance career spanning over two decades, Bhavana has toured USA, Europe, South East Asia and United Arab Emirates multiple times playing lead roles in their family shows.
Reddy has given exclusive Kuchipudi performances for several leading personalities including Ivanka Trump. She has also appeared in major publications like New York Times, Arab Times, The New Yorker and San Francisco Chronicle.