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About Guru Kala Krishna

 

Sri Kalakrishna is a leading exponent of Andhra Natyam. He is one of the senior most disciples of Guru Nataraja Ramakrishna under who he specialised in Kuchipudi dance, Andhra Natyam, Navajanardana Parijatam and other Temple dance traditions of Andhra in Guru Shishya Parampara. (Nava Janaardana Parijatam is an episode from the divine life of Lord Krishna, the Blue God and his spouse Satyabhama.) He has travelled extensively to perform at major National and International Dance Festivals, Conferences and Seminars. He has performed for Sabhas, Festivals of State Government Departments, Sangeet Natak Akademi and ICCR.

 

Kalakrishna has established his own school Hari Hara Nrithya Niketan in Hyderabad, where he trains young dancers in Andhra Natyam. He is presently serving as a visiting lecturer at the University of Hyderabad and Telugu University and teaches Andhra Natyam in the Dance Department to the students of Masters Degree in Dance. He has been teaching Andhra Natyam and carrying on the Guru Shishya Parampara for over 30 years.

 

Kalakrishna has received several honours and awards including the felicitation from Andhra Pradesh Telugu University and Gold Medal from Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad. A documentary on his "Navajanardhana Parijatam" has received the "Nidhi" Award by Andhra Pradesh Government. NCPA recorded his dance performances for pursuing archeological interests. Apart from performing, Kalakrishna gives frequent lectures and demonstrations about the art forms on behalf of Spicmacay.

 

Kalakrishna is an outstanding artiste with complete mastery over the style and won distinction as the only artiste in Andhra Pradesh with full knowledge and total performance talent. He is endowed with all these qualities to the optimum proportion that make the onlookers spellbound of his mastery over the rich art. He rendered one of rarest Navajanardhanam performances of ancient temple dance tradition at Navajanardana Temple continuously for 9 days. 

 

Kalakrishna is an accomplished artiste of immense talent and capable of projecting the great cultural heritage of India through his dance performances of Andhra Natyam. He established his own school 'Harihara Nithya Niketan' in 1987 and is been carrying on the Guru-Shishya Parampara.

 

Born in a remote village-Kallepalli of Karimnagar district in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, Kalakrishna carries on the ancient dance tradition of the state through his disciples. As a beloved disciple of Gurudeva Padmasri Nataraja Ramakrishna, Kalakrishna was also trained under Late Sri. Saride Manikyamma - a temple dancer and a Sangeet Natak Academy Awardee, Smt. Annabattula Satyabhama and Smt. Jampa Mutyam. Kalakrishna is also an exponent of Kuchipudi under the tutelage of Sri Jagannadha Sarma and Dr. Vempati China Satyam and excelled in Bharatanatyam under Smt. G. Visalakshi.

 

Sri Kalakrishna performing Navajanardanam at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad.

 

Guru Kalakrishna

 

Awards, Honours & Titles

 

  • Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar 2009

  • Kalaratna Hamsa Award by State Government of Andhra Pradesh

  • Pratibha Puraskar from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University

  • 'Abhinava Satyabhama' title on behalf of connoisseurs of dance conferred by famous scholar Sri Vemparala Satyanarayana Sasty

  • 'Madhura Lasya Kalanidhi' title from Sangeeta VIDWAT Sabha, Kakinada

  • Gold Medal from Kuchipudi Art academy, Hyderabad

  • Akkineni Nageswara Rao Gold Medal from Aradhana

  • Guru Vedantham Jagannadha Sarma Gold Medal from Nrutya Kinnera

  • Kala Subba Rao Puraskaram, Hyderabad

  • International Dance Day Award from Rasamayi, Hyderabad

  • Nandi Award for Navajanardanam Documentattion

  • ICCR Panel Artiste in Outstanding Category

  • Stanam Narasimha Rao Award

 

Andhra Natyam Dance Workshops conducted:

 

  • Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius in 1987

  • Kuchipudi Dance Centre, 5th Louis, USA in 1991

  • 40 days of Navajanardanam Intensive Course at Nizamabad, Andhra Pradesh in 1991

  • Abhichand Organisation at Kolkatta in 1994

  • 40 days Workshop on Perini Sivathandavam at Warangal, Andhra Pradesh in May-June, 2003

  • Andhra Natyam Workshop at Rajamundry, AP in July-2003

Sri Kalakrishna is the Cultural Co-ordinator, Choreographer for Government of Andhra Pradesh in State Exchange programmes, Children's Film Festivals, Youth Festivals and other prestigious state events.

 

Choreography work:

  • He choreographed several traditional items like Pallavis, Sabdams and Ashtadigbandha Tarangam.

  • Telugu Vybhavam for Department of Culture

  • Andhra Ballet for ADB Conference 2006 held at Hyderabad

  • Tandavam-a male oriented ballet

  • Ramakrishna Leela Geeti andSarada Leela Geeti, ramakrishna Chalisa for Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad

  • Ardha Nariswaram for London Television

  • Andhra Natya Vaibhavan Ballet

Research Projects:

  • A comparative analysis between Kuchipudi Bhama Kalapam and Andhra Natyam Navajanardanam with financial assistance from Sangeet Natak Academy

  • Fellowship by Department of Culture to work on Abhinaya technique developed in female impersonation

  • Conducted seminars with Old Devadasis at Vijayawada, Eluru and Hyderabad to revive Andhra Natyam

  • Special Training in Navajanardhanam with financial support from Sangeet Natak Academy

  • Special Project Guru-Shishya Parampara financed by Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi to revive Andhra Natyam

  • Kalakrishna also wrote several articles on Andhra Natyam for renowned magazines

Sri Kalakrishna led his Dance Troupe to the African Nations under the Cultural Exchange Programme of ICCR. Rendered excellent performances in Mauritius, USA, UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Oman.

 

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