A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
Somayajula Syamala and Tekumalla Sitaramaswamy's golden wedding anniversary celebrated.
Celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of noted danseuse Somayajula Syamala and Tekumalla Sitaramaswamy, dance disciples of Syamala presented a programme of Kuchipudi dance last Thursday at Kalabharathi, Vishakapatnam.
Incidentally, it was also the celebration of Syamala's career as a dancer since she started imparting training in Kuchipudi and Bharathanatyam almost at the same time. The programme began with the dance for Paripari Neepadame, puja nrityam presented by Syamala herself. This was followed by performances presented by Swathi for Utukkad Venkata Subbaiah's Neerada Samaneela in Trisra, Adi in Jayanthasree; Annamayya's Okaparikokapari in Kharaharapriya in Aditalam by Lakshmi Jahnavi; Purandhara Dasa's Thatha Tadhimi set in Brindavana Saranga in Aditalam by Parvathi Vardhini and Annamayya's Alarulu Kuriyega by Swathi set in Sankarabharanam in Aditalam.
Syamala and her husband Sitaramaswamy were felicitated during the intermission.
The programme then featured Barokrishnayya of Purandharadasa by Soumya, Padma Bhushan awardee Chandrasekhar's choreographic creation by Vahana Koutham in Raga-Tala Malika was attractively presented by Parvathi Vardhini, Swathi, Jahnavi, Soumya, Sarada and Sreelatha, as starts of a ballet. Nattuvangam by K. Abhirami, mridangam by G. Venkata Rao, violin by Neeladri Rao and flute by Rajasekhar were great assets.
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