Scintillating performance by Sri Vari Padalu students

As a gift to their Guru Smt. Rama Devi Nalla, Sri Vari Padalu senior students presented a rocking composition, which was choreographed by them and was revealed that it would be a part of India’s Got Talent show at the sixth anniversary celebrations at Ravindra Bharathi on October 27, 2021. Kudos must go to the young artists, who presented a full three-hour show spanning many items. Among those, who presented solo items included Ganesha Krithi by Yuga Rani Gadpelly, Shiva Thandavam by Rohitha Anand, Tarangam by Padma and Pot Dance by Yashvita. Rohitha breathed fire into the Shiva Thandava, while Padma performed Tarangam with ease, and Yashvita, who slipped on the Pot, regained her composure to finish her dance item with ease.

For the first time, Sri Vari Padalu students performed two Kuchipudi items. All the others were Bharatanatyam pieces, not to forget the 40-minute Ramayana presentation in Bhavayami Raghuramam …  Among the other items presented that evening included Pushpanjali, Ganesh Vandana, Natesh Kauthuvam, Ganesh Pancharathanam, Mooshika Vahana, Mallari, Jathiswaram, Kanchadalayadakshi, Adhiva Aladivo, Narthana Ganapati, Guru Ashtakam, Brahma Kadigina Padamu, Shiva Thandava, Kavadi Chindu, Kondalo Nelakona, Tarangam, Varnam and Mangalam.

Among the students who participated in the evening’s performance included Samyatha Rajulapati, Priel Casey Clarence, V Sai Sri Prakeerthi, Anushree A.P., B Pavani, Korakoppula Asmitha, A Balashivani, Yashvita Datla, Barla Sri Kausthubha, Deetya Gaddam, Yuga Rani Gadpelly, Rohitha Nalla, Simratha Javvaji Naga, Jyothsna Nalla, Durga Gadpelly, G Sreshta, G Shritha, Aakruthi Bhongir, V Sai Pranathi, Shruti Kanadagatla, M Kaavya Shri, A Sai Naveena, Padma, Devapriya AV, Hansuja YH, Sivani Javvaji, S Nanthini Sree, Ishita Ganta, A Balashivani, Samhita Patro, Spoorthi Preetham, G Vaishnavi, Samyantha Rajulapati, Harshita Gupta Donkeshwar, B Pavani, R Jyothika Sruthi, N Chandra Kavya Reddy, Chepuri Varsha, Shilpa Linga, V Sai Rupini, Spandana Akula, Dhruvika Vadlamuri, Omisha Aishani, Talari Shruthika, G Shri Sanvi, A Pragati Priya, Anugula Charuhasini, S Nanthini Sree, Sruthi Gayathri, Manasvini PVS, A Chetana Chinmayi, Aswini A, Snigdha Hamsa, Debasreeta Devajani, Ponna Nishika Naidu, Danthala Tanvi Krishna, Devapriya AV, Shruthi Balaji, Chepuri Varsha, Viha Cirigiri, G Sai Pranathi, B Pavani, R Jyothika Sruthi, N Chandra Kavya Reddy, V Sai Rupini, Spandana Akula, A Balashivani, A Chetana Chinmayi, Danthala Tanvi Krishna, Snigdha Hamsa, Vanama Samanvi, Adithi Sreepathi, Pranshi Agarwal, Shruthi Balaji, Sruthi Gayathri, R Jyothika Sruthi, Meenakshi Lankapotu, Songa Srinidhi, Praneetha Potharaju, Jyothsna Dudam, Sadhvi Tunk, Aadhya Linga, Aditi Sreepathi, Anugula Charuhasini, Ragavulu Poojitha, Vennam Shanvika, Veenam Sougandhika, Sahasra Nakirikanthi Pusarala Harathi, Dipikhaa Kadambari, Sukrita Challa, Hanika TK, Pavani Mysore, Akshara Sandeep, Korakoppula Asmitha, Devershetty Preksha Gupta, Prathika A, L Suhana Kishore, Geethika Kariyavula, Veldi Hamsini, Vaishnavi Konduri, Nikhita B, Lalithya Malyala, Devershetty Sneha, Ashi Ashok, Veldi Sravani, VSN Seetha Lakshmi, Madhushree Duggempudi, Koduri Satya Durga Lalitha.

Others who embellished the evening’s programme included Lighting & Setting by Basavaraju Yempalli, make-up by Chary, Anchor J S Arvind, and the man who works tirelessly behind the scenes and lends able support to Rama Devi Garu in all her endeavours, her husband Anand Ganesh Nalla.

The distinguished guests, Ministers Talasani Srinivas Yadav and Srinivas Goud, who were not present in person had conveyed their Best Wishes for the successful conduct of the programme. The other guests for the evening included, Sri G Vasusena, Retd. Addl. SP; Smt. Lakshmi Ramakrishna, Editor, Natyahasini; and Sri A Mahesh, Regional Business Manager, Revlon. 

At the end of the programme, Sree Veda Aaseervachanam was rendered by Sri Kasulanati Shiva Shankara Sharma Garu of Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Swamy Devasthanam.

Little About the Guru: Rama Devi Nalla born to Mallikamba and Srinivas in a small village in Khamam District, started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of four under Girija Devi. She gave her first solo performance at the age of 10 and there has been no looking back since then. She has honed her skills under Gurus Dr. Rajeswari Sainath and Dr. Indira Hema and has also given performances under their guidance. Her quest for perfection and thirst for knowledge led her to Dr. P Rama Devi, who encouraged and taught her the Kuchipudi dance form.

Rama Devi Nalla, established her academy, Sri Vari Padalu, Bharatanatyam Dance Academy, in 2015. She resonates with her guru in the way of teaching, focusing mainly on Adavus, Nritta, Nritya and Natya and theory following Natya Shastra. She also trains her students for Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi certification courses, the moto of the dance academy is to give a platform/shows for each and every student to perform and enhance skills in dance. Academy students have also acted in few TV ads and in a movie directed by Nandini Reddy.

Guru Rama Devi Nalla with her students

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