Suvarchala Devi

Dr. K Suvarchala Devi, Andhra Natyam exponent, scholar – author – Laasyabhinayam exponent, is currently working as a faculty member at the Department of Dance (Andhra Natyam), Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad. She carries the rich legacy of the temple dance traditions of the Telugu region having learnt from Gurus Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Smt. Saride Manikyamma and Padma Shri Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna. Dr. Suvarchala gave various performances in the state on behalf of Nritya Kala Nilayam, Jadcherla from 1979 to 1983 under the able guidance of Guru Saride Manikyamma. She is the only Andhra Natyam artiste to have received her doctoral degree from Hyderabad Central University in 1997.  

The Andhra Natyam exponent completed her six-year Diploma Course from Perini International, Hyderabad from renowned Guru Dr. Nataraja Rama Krishna. During her M.P.A. Course study, she learnt under Guru Nataraja Rama Krishna, Smt. Chitradasharathy (Chandra Shekhar), Prof. PSR Apparao, Dr. Arudra, Sri Vak Ranga Rao, Sharan Lowen, Ranjana Gauhar, A.S. Raman, Pullela Sree Rama Chandrudu as they were faculty and taught all aspects of the dance subject.

The dancer is the recipient of Senior Research Fellowship 2012-14 from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, Junior Research Fellowship 2000-02 from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, Vishishta Mahila Puraskar (Outstanding woman – Field of dance) for the year 2016 by Govt. of Telangana, Ugadi Puraskar, and many other National and State level awards.

She is the author of the books: ‘Andhra Natyam – The Lasya dance tradition of Andhras’, ‘The Nayikas of Kshetrayya Padams’, ‘Andhra Natya Vikasam – Monograph’, ‘Natarja Ramakrishna – Monograph’, ‘Saride Manikyamma – Monograph’, ‘Narthana Sphoorthi – Vyaasa Manjeeralu’.

Dr. Suvarchala Devi is a B grade artiste in classical dance in Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad, and has participated in Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad as host for Television Interviews. She has performed at many national and international festivals.

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