Chennai: It was a feast for dance lovers of Chennai on the eve of the Music and Dance Festival. The audience had a rare opportunity to watch some noted classical Indian dancers of various schools, participating in the award function, organised by Sri Kala Sudha Telugu Association.
"Simplicity is the essence of art”, said Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr Rosaiah. Presenting Natya Kala Sudha awards to veteran Indian classical dancers at a glittering function in Music Academy hall, he said, “art has no barriers of region, religion, language. Artistes are cultural ambassadors of India and they are also messengers of beauty," said Rosaiah, referring to the presence of galaxy of Indian classical dancers . “They are our national pride as they are responsible for bringing name and fame to our country”. Veteran Indian clasical dancers who received Natya Kala Sudha awards, included Vyjayanthimala (Bharatanatyam), Maya Rao, Uma Sharma (Kathak), Yamini Krishna Murthy, (Kuchipudi), Darshana Jhaveri (Manipuri), Kanak Rele, (Mohiniyattam) Indira P.P Bora (Sashtriya) . Odissi dance exponent Sonali Mansing could not make it to the function. President of Kala Sudha Bethireddy Srinivas said he was proud to bring all veterans of Indian dance on one stage.
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, who is also exponent of Bharata Natyam, played an important role in bringing all dancers together . Earlier, film actress P Saraswathi, lit the lamp. K.Ganga Prasad, Managing Director of GVR Infra projects Ltd and Muvva Podmaiah, chairman of south East Constructions Limited were present as chief guests.
Compered by Dr G. Lalitha of All India Radio, Madras, the two-day dance festival received good response from dance and music lovers.
Pappu Venugopala Rao, author and secretary of Music academy, said it is a great honour for the Academy to have veterans of Indian dance at one place.