Pravalika Kuppili daughter of Praveena and Gowri Shankar and disciple of Kuchipudi dancer and Jyothi Kalakshetra School of Arts founder, Jyothi Reddy, won the hearts of the audience during her Rangapravesham at Ravindra Bharathi on 20 May 2022. Guru Jyothi Reddy had chosen the items for Pravalika’s dance with utmost care and love.
The dancer began the evening’s performance with Ganapati Vandanam in Gaula Ragam and Adi Talam. The dancer prayed to Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God, to remove all obstacles and for successful conduct of her maiden solo event.
Next on the agenda was Dasavataram in Mohana Ragam and Misra Chapu Talam. Dasavataram (Ten incarnations) assumed by God Vishnu to protect dharma and destroy evil was a perfect piece in which the young Pravalika could exhibit her Abhinaya in all the 10 avataras – Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (half man – half beast), Vamana (dwarf), Parasurama (the axe-wielder) Rama (the most noble of men), Krishna, Buddha (the compassionate one), and Kalki (destroyer of darkness) are a symbolic representation of the evolution of man. The dance item was a vigorous and exhilarating dance with many sculpturesque poses.
The Class X student at OASIS School, Hyderabad, presented Raja Rajeshwari Ashtakam, an eight verse strotam composed by Adi Shankaracharya praising Goddess Sri Raja Rajeshwari Devi, who is the Mother God. In this stotram, Pravalika could portray the attributes of the Goddess in full sincerity. Pravalika followed this with a Keerthanam on Sankara Sri Giri, a composition by Swathi Thirunal in Hamsanandi Ragam and Aadi Talam. Pravalika did justice to this item in adorning the role of Lord Siva to the T. She exhibited the perfect laya.
The curtains came down with the performance of Tarangam. In the finale item, Pravalika executed intricate footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate and coordinated with complicated rhythmic patterns bringing the house down. The orchestra consisted of RLV Hemanth Lakshman on Nattuvangam, Bijeesh Krishna on Vocal, Kalamandalam Charu Dutt on Mridangam, Uma Venkateswarulu on Flute and Anil Kumar on Violin. The programme was compered by Ambadipudi Murali Krishna.
Chief Guest Bharatheeyam Satyavani garu, guest of honour Smt. D Komali Krishna, I.R.S. Commissioner of Income Tax, Dr. E. Sivanagireddy – Sthapati CEO, Pleach India Foundation, had a word of praise for the young dancer and her Guru.