Jayarama Rao



Renowned Kuchipudi maestro Jayarama Rao and his wife Vanashree Rao are recognized today as outstanding exponents of the Kuchipudi style of dance. Enriched by Jayarama Rao's choreography which as extended the Kuchipudi repertoire, their performances highlight the flowing beauty of a style characterized by grace and virtuosity. In their duets marked by perfect synchronization and harmonious balance, they represent the manly vigour - tandava - and feminine charm - lasya - of classical dance.

Jayarama Rao was trained in the traditional guru-shihya parampara at the Sidhendra Kalakshetram, Kuchipudi Village, since his childhood under eminent gurus such as Shri Chinta Krishnamurti, Shri PVGK Sharma and Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. In his student days he actively participated in dance dramas on mythological themes and enacted the roles of Satyabhama, Usha and Leelavathy.

In 1969 he was invited to Delhi to teach Kuchipudi to young aspirants. Some of his illustrious students include Swapnasundari, Meenakshi Seshadri and Vanashree.

Having first acquired individual acclaim, Vanashree and Jayarama Rao have been dancing together since 1978. They run a school , the Kuchipudi Dance Academy in Delhi.

Vanashree started her training in Kuchipudi under guru Krishna Kumar and later continued under Shri Jayarama Rao. Later underwent training under guru Vempati Chinna Satyam and Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna. In addition, Vanashree is a post graduate in Political Science from Lady Shriram College, Delhi University and has also the degree of M.Phill.

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