neelima

neelima

 Edison, New Jersey, USA
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Kuchipudi-A Dance, Music and Theatre tradition from India.

Biography

Kuchipudi, is a unique performance tradition from Southeast India. Theatre, Dance and Music traditions have existed in various parts of India since the second century BC. In the 13th century AD, based on the existing religious, social, political, economic, and cultural atmosphere a unique travelling, all male, theatrical, musical and dance tradition was codified by an ascetic named Siddhendra Yogi in the village of Kuchipudi. This unique form, known as Kuchipudi, taking the name of the village, evolved through the centuries and was passed on as an oral tradition between the mentor and the student. The performance uses rhythm (feet), movement (body and space), and gesture and mime techniques for communication of abstract or contextual pieces.

About Neelima- Neelima started learning dance since 1985. Most of the traditional performing arts are taught as a mentorship, in India. She joined the Kuchipudi Kalakshetra, a premier institution for Kuchipudi and was mentored by Mr Hari Rama Murthy and internationally renowned choreographer and Guru Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam since 1987. Both her mentors hail from the village of Kuchipudi and are the hereditary practioners of the art form. Performing since the year 1994 she has many solo performances to her credit, winning the approval of critics and dance lovers alike.  

Selected Performances—
 (2013) Hindu Temple Society, NY. Chicago Fringe Festival-3 performances. Cape May Stage, NJ.

 (2012) Hindu Temple, Atlanta. SV Temple, Pittsburgh. Albany Indian Association.

(2011) Kent State University. Sai Narayana Organization, Richmond,VA.

(2010) Kalabharathi, India. India International Center, New Delhi, India. Henrico County Theatre, Richmond, VA.

Kuchipudi Nrityotsav (1997-Central Sangeet Natak Academy). Vishaka Utsav (1996 & 1998 Govt of Andhra Pradesh). Sagar Utsav (1999 Dept of Culture, Govt of Andhra Pradesh).4th Biennial World Telugu Conference (2000). Gunghroo Festival (2001, Ustad Allaudin Khan Sangeet Academy, Govt of M.P).Konark Music and Dance Festival (2002). Annual Music and Dance Festival (2002-Chennai). Tour of Orrisa (2003, South Zone Cultural Center, Govt of India). National Center for the Performing Arts, Mumbai (2006). Triveni (2006-USA).Indian Association of Buffalo (2007).