3 years journey challenging: Jyothi Reddy

Nearly 35 students of Jyothi Kalakshetram School of Arts will be taking part in the third anniversary Celebrations at the Amphitheatre Shilparamam, Madhapur, on Saturday July 31, 2021. Speaking to Natyahasini, Guru Jyothi Reddy says that the journey of the last three years was quite challenging. “But it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction, because all the students from all groups worked hard and all my efforts bore fruit,” says Jyothi Reddy. She says that they have about 35 students participating. “The show will be over an hour and about nine items will be presented,” she says.

Replying to whether the daily classes and annual day practice were hit due to COVID 19, Kuchipudi Guru Jyothi prayed for the COVID to pass of completely soon. “It has affected a little, as the students preferred to attend the classes at the school rather than online. But we managed to do the classes and practice online and rehearsals were held at the school in the last five days to get the sync of all the dance steps,” says the Kuchipudi guru.

On her future plans, Jyothi Reddy says that she wants to extend her school both in Hyderabad and in her native place with more facilities so that students from all walks of life can be able to take training, promote and spread the Indian tradition and open doors to Kuchipudi dancers.  “Students focusing more on perfection is my main aim than learning fast,” she says with a smile.

The students will be ably supported by their Guru Jyothi Reddy on the Nattuvangam, Srinivasa Mantha on the Vocals, Sridhara Chary on the Mridangam, Shiva Krishna Swaroop on the Violin and Master Sai Bhardwaj Mantha on the Flute.

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