Kuchipudi has become popular in Guntur and Prakasam districts in Andhara Pradesh, thanks to Guru Kaza Venkata Subrahmanyam, a performer and a true...
Kuchipudi has become popular in Guntur and Prakasam districts in Andhara Pradesh, thanks to Guru Kaza Venkata Subrahmanyam, a performer and a true devotee of dance Vijaya Pratap He has been teaching Kuchipudi dance for the last 25 years. Many have learnt from him and blossomed into fine dancers and more than 200 of his students have become teachers themselves. If Kuchipudi has become so popular in Guntur and Prakasam districts in Andhara Pradesh, the credit goes entirely to Guru Kaza Venkata Subrahmanyam garu. Through his Sri Sai Manjeera Kuchipudi Art Academy in Guntur, he has been relentlessly striving to continue the tradition of Kuchipudi dance. With the maximum number of students to his credit, one will hardly come across any dancer/ teacher in these areas, who was not his disciple at some point of time. His reputation can be attributed mainly to his simplicity and loyalty to his profession. KV Subrahmanyam Mastaaru has endeared himself to many as a guru, a performer, and a true devotee of dance. His students endorse his humbleness inspite of being a senior guru. He doesn't mind donning even a small role, in his student's programme, if his performance is going to lift the show. He treats them all equally and never feels superior in spite of his experience or proficiency. Even while teaching basics, he gives freedom to the student to develop his/ her own style and never tramples on their creativity. He lets them grow and bloom into fine artists. He doesn't encourage students to imitate him, saying that he doesn't want his own rubber stamps. He corrects only the technical aspects and encourages the students to form their own technique. His non- commercial approach may be the secret of his success. Those who learn dance from other gurus also come to him, to be trained for diploma courses. Hailing from Guntur, Subrahmanyam garu had his initial training in Kuchipudi from Guru Chintha Adinarayana Sarma . Later he was further trained under late Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. Having imbibed the essential elements of Kuchipudi, he had choreographed and produced many ballets like 'Nauka Charitham- Tyagaraja Yakshaganam, Mohini Bhasmasura' (his own script) , 'Tarakasura Samharam , Bhama Kalapam, Samaikya Bharatam' ( social ballet)etc. With his troupe he performed at many prestigious venues like Delhi India International Centre, Hampi festival, Pallavotsav (Mysore). He had taken his shows to distant places like Andamans, Singapore, Malaysia. In 2011, he put up a show with 108 dancers on one stage, varying in ages from six to sixty. Just ten days after the demise of his guru, Vempati Chinna Satyam, he paid a tribute to the legend through his "Maha Manjira Nadam" - a tribute to the legend. It went on for ten days, where he danced along with his students, for 12 hours daily. Every year Subrahmanyam garu celebrates World Dance Day on a grand scale in the Venkateswara temple in Bridavan Gardens in Guntur. The programme starts with a puja at 8 in the morning followed by a traditional item performed by his students, himself and other gurus who were his former students. nteresting and educative workshops on dance also feature in the course of the day, attracting a large number of audience. This year on the World Dance Day (29th April) some 50 dancers performed Dasavathara Sabdam , workshop on ' Yakshaganams of Shahaji of Tanjavur" was conducted by guru Smt. Uma Ramarao garu , while he demonstrated " Vividha natya saastraala loni hasthabhinaya mudralu � vaati upayogaalu". On this occasion, Subrahmanyam garu presents Lifetime Achievement Awards to eminent and eligible gurus ( along with a cash award ). Last year the recipient was his own guru Chintha Adinarayana Sarma. This year Guru Uma Ramarao was honoured with this award. One more award is added this year in the name of Late Vedantham Satyanarayana Sarma garu, the famous Satya Bhama of Kuchipudi, who passed away recently. Evening's performers were his students and others like Pasumarthi Krishna Murthy's family ( his daughters sang his compositions while the grand daughters presented some javalis). Later, Adi Shankaracharya's Bhajagovindam was presented by Guru Subrahmanyam and his students, beautifully capturing its philosophical mood, without additional embellishments like jathis or swaras. One can only recall "Guru charanambuja nirbhara bhakthaha ........ samsaara dachiraadbhava muktaha.....".