THE Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur presented its first Kuchipudi Rangapravesam by Shri Meena Loshini in her Kuchipudi solo debut.
She was under the tutelage of Kasthoori Ramanaidu, who is a graduate of the Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai, India, and bharatanatyam graduate of The Temple of Fine Arts.
The hard work culminated in the rendition of the rangapravesam, which was well-attended and supported by members of the Telugu Association of Malaysia, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and art lovers of varied ethnicities.
Meena was awarded the Nrityanjali certificate by The Temple of Fine Arts for successfully completing her Kuchipudi Rangapravesam.
The visual and aural treat continued with an authentic kuchipudi repertoire of signature pieces of the late Guru Padma Bhushan Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam and rare pieces by Kalaratna Vempati Ravi Shankar, accompanied by live orchestra.
The “Vempati Nartanam – Dance is Life” featured Vande Uma Sutam, Siva Panchakshari, Maha Lakshmi Ashtakam, Vedaleri Vayyarulu, Thakkuvemi, Antha Siggu Padaka and Siva Ashtapadi. Both the dance choreography and musical compositions were done by Guru Padma Bhushan and his son, Ravi.
A troupe of 12 dancers and six musicians from India and Malaysia kept the audience spellbound with their inspiring performances.
The guest of honor at the event was Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia, T.S. Tirumurti.
At the end of the show, all performers were presented with Certificates of Commendation by the Malaysian Telugu Association president Datuk Dr Achaiah Kumar Rao and Temple of Fine Arts president Sivanesan Nadarajah.