It’s nostalgic time for Amy Kumar. After 17 years, the Kuchipudi dancer would be presenting the Rangapravesham of her first student, Tanushri Pembarthi, daughter of Smt. Narmada & Sri Srinivas Pembarthi. Speaking to Natyahasini, Amy says: “Feels surreal to be able to present my student’s Rangapravesham at the same venue – Ravindra Bharathi 17 years later.”
Amy, who performed her Rangapravesham under the able guidance and training of Guru P.B Krishna Bharathi, presented ‘Vaatapi Ganapatim Bhaje’, ‘Usha Dharuvu – Vedale Baanuni Varasuda’, ‘Oruthu maganai pirandh’, ‘Karamtanda kaartarul esuve (a dance piece on the life of Jesus Christ – concept conceived choreographed by Guru P B Krishna Bharathi), ‘Jaya Jaya surge – Tarangam’ and ‘Madhuvanthi Thillana’. The Kuchipudi guru says her Rangapravesham was a life changing experience, which took time to process and sink in. She says that she received a lot of support and appreciation from family, friends, school/college, and dance fraternity. The dancer reveals that before her dance recital there was a short Veena recital too.
The 16-year-old Tanushri Pembarthi student of Class 11, Gitanjali Senior School, has been learning dance under Amy Kumar since 2015. Prior to that for three years, she learnt under Lalitha Tirunagari. The young debutant claims that Kuchipudi is her first love and her passion in life is not to stop dancing.
It will be a memorable time for Amy’s parents too, to see their daughter’s first student perform Rangapravesham, under the banner of Prerna Pratibha, they established to promote talent. So, don’t forget to drop in to cheer her and her student on their big day.