Deepika Reddy, founder of Deepanjali, an institute striving for excellence in the field of Kuchipudi, says that dance is not only a passion, but worship of the divine art form. She received rave reviews when she spoke about ‘Divine form of Expression’ at the Indian School of Business during her TEDx talk.
She shares that productions of Deepanjali are based on mythological as well as subjects of topical interest to convey relevant messages to society, which have been well appreciated by critics and audiences alike. These include ‘Stri Trayam’, ‘Jayosthu Kuchipudi’, ‘Andhramu’, ‘Tyagaraja Bhakthi Vaibhavam’, ‘Rang’, ‘Ramaneeya Prakrithi’, ‘Vande Shambum’, ‘Griha kalpam’, ‘Prakrithi Rakshathi Rakshithaha’, ‘Hari Hara Vaibhavam’, ‘Vaidyo Narayano Harihi’, ‘Shiva Satheeyam’, ‘Telangana Vaibhavam’ ‘Vande Bharatha Matharam’ ‘Prathisandhi Ramayana’ ‘Telangana Sahithi Sourabham’ and ‘Rukmini Krishna’. She has been acclaimed for her involved portrayal of women centric characters like Draupadi, Mandodari, Savitri, Sita, Dakshayani, Kaikeyi, Rudrama and many others.
Groomed by the legendary Padma Bhushan awardee, Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, Deepika is acknowledged as one of the leading exponents of the Kuchipudi art form. An accomplished performer, creative choreographer, cultural ambassador and dedicated Guru, Deepika began her dance journey 49 years ago, with her Rangapravesham in 1976.
A recipient of many awards including the prestigious National Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar, Telangana Govt. State Award, ‘Kala Ratna’ Andhra Pradesh Govt. state award and ‘Akkineni Nageswara Rao Swarna Kankanam’, Deepika has performed extensively in prestigious dance festivals in India and abroad. Some of her significant performances are at the closing ceremony of the Festival of India in Berlin; Rashtrapathi Bhavan in honour of the Russian President; the Sri Lankan Parliament; the inaugural of “Year of India” at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia; 70 years of Indian Independence celebrations in Turkey. After her performance in Japan, the Kuchipudi exponent was conferred honorary citizenship in Hiroshima, Japan. She choreographed and presented Kuchipudi in the production “Ritu Samhar” directed by Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Certified as an “A-Top Grade” artiste by Doordarshan, Deepika was also a member of Regional Film Censor Board, jury member of Nandi State Film Awards and former Chairperson of the Cultural Committee of International Children’s Film Festival.
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