National Dance Fest to mark Krishna Rao’s birth centenary
Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy, in association with the Karnataka Nrityakala Parishat, is celebrating the birth centenary of Bharatanatyam guru and writer Prof U S Krishna Rao by organising ‘Maha-Maya’, a national dance festival in the city from January 4 to 6.
Chairperson of the Academy Vyjayanthi Kashi told reporters here on Thursday that workshops and seminars will be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in the morning and dance programmes will be presented by Rao’s students from India and abroad at Ravindra Kalakshetra in the evening on all three days of the festival.
“The programme is being organised to inspire the younger generation. Most of the youths do not know who Rao was. If the classical dance has attained higher position in the society and Bharatanatyam is a popular form of dance in the world, it is because of the efforts put in by Rao and his wife U K Chandrabhaga Devi. They are the first dancing couple of India,” Vyjayanthi said.
Kannada and Culture Minister Govind Karjol will inaugurate the programme at Ravindra Kalakshetra at 6 pm on January 4.
Theatre actress and Rajya Sabha Member B Jayashree will be chief guest.
At 6.45 pm, a Bharatanatyam show will be presented by Sonal Mansigh, one of the disciples of Rao from New Delhi. Another Bharatanatyam show, Kuchipudi and Kathak shows will follow.
A seminar, felicitations and screening of a documentary on Rao and his wife will be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan from 10 am on January 5.
The first-ever screening of the last documentary on Rao will be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at 10.30 am.