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  KALA KRISHNA    


Kala Krishna
Disciple with a master's touch

A MAN WITH A WOMAN'S BEAUTY AND GRACE

How often is it that a dancer's performance is documented for posterity? But when young Kala Krishna mastered the newly rediscovered Andhra Natyam and Navajanardana Parijatam, the performance was recorded by the National Council of Performing Arts for its national archives!

Born in Kallepalli, a village in the district of Karimnagar, his father Rolla Laxmaiah and mother Gowri were a Kala Krishnasimple farming-couple. While pursuing studies in Bejadanki, Kala Krishna also took part in cultural programmes. His love for dance made him excel in the art.

He then proceeded to Hyderabad and at the age of 24 years, became a disciple of Nataraj Ramakrishna, who had just revived a near-forgotten dance form that he called Andhra Natyam.

Kala Krishna learnt the Andhra Natyam, a traditional lasya dance performed for centuries by women. Made up as the young, beautiful epic character Satyabhama, Kala Krishna began to enthral the audience by dancing the Navajanardana Parijatam. In 1993 he won a Junior Fellowship fromTaking a cue from Guru Nataraj Ramakrishna the Government of India to study Abhinaya. He has received several awards, honours and titles like Abhinava Satyabhama and Madhura Lasya Kala Nidhi. The Central Sangeet Natak Academy has recorded his performance and a documentary film made on his Navajanardana Parijatam won the Andhra Pradesh government's Nandi award for 1988. He has given over 800 performances all over India, USA, Port Louis and Africa.

Following his guru Nataraj Ramakrishna's footsteps, he is presently absorbed in research work on dances of his interest and contemporary dances. He has already made a comparative study of Andhra Natyam, Navajanardana Parijatam and Kuchipudi-Bhama Kalapam and presented a commentary to the Sangeet Natak Academy.


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