shobha-naidu

Smt. Sobha Naidu, today is one of the most outstanding exponents of Kuchipudi Dance.Her greatness lies in her total dedication to the exacting genre with classical base. A fiercely un compromising purist, she is highly imaginative with a sense of deep involvement but without losing contact with contemporary taste and sensibilities. She has been Principal ofKuchipudi Art Academy at Hyderabad since 1980.It has the credit of producing 15 ballets and more than 80 solo items.

Her major achievements are the Choreography and Presentation of the BalletsVipranarayana, KalyanaSrinivasa m, Sri Krishna Saranam Mama, Vijayosthuthe Naari, Ksheera Saagara Madhanam, Sarvam Saimayam, Jagadaananda Kaaraka, Girija Kalyaanam , Swami Vivekananda and the latest Navarasa Natbamini in which she was the main protagonist and donned various roleslike Satyabhama,Chandalika,Devadevaki,Padmavathi,Mohini,Sai baba,Goddess Parvati and many more which won her great appreciation.

As an artist in the homeland she is currently conducting classical dance training program “Sadhana” on Sri Venkateswara Bhakthi Channel.(2008 till date).She was a presenter for the program “Siri Siri Muvv” on sanskruthi channel to promote budding artists showcase talent in the art form.Impressed with her performance as Padmavati in Kalyana Srinivasam,the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam organized a series of programs all over India and also sponsored for the video recordings of a few ballets.

Her performances won accolades not only in the motherland but also all around the globe.Sobha has presented a series of performances at different venues in USA sponsored by the TANA.She represented India and performed in places like U.K, U.S.S.R, Syria ,Baghdad, Kampuchea, Turkey,Hong Kong,Bangkok.Sobha also led a cultural delegation on behalf of Govt of India, to West Indies,Mexico,Venezuela,Tunis,Cuba followed by a visit to West Asia.

As a Guru(teacher) she has trained more than 1500 students from India and abroad too.The academy recently celebrated its completion of 30 years in 2010.Most of her students are settled in India and abroad too and are propagating the art form by establishing learning centers in India and abroad.

She has been awarded the coveted title of “Nritya Choodamani” by no less an institution than Krishna Gana Sabha of Madras, followed by a prestigious award by Central Sangeeta Nataka Kala Academy in the year 1991.She is the recipient of “Nrityavihar” given by Sri Sringara Samsad of Bombay in 1991.In 1996 Nungambakkam Cultural Association, Madras awarded the title “Nritya Kala Siromani”. She has been given award by State Government of Andhra Pradesh, on the Birth Anniversary of Late Sri N.T. Rama Rao. Telugu University has honored her with Telugu University Puraskara Award.She has been given “Hamsa award” by State Government of Andhra Pradesh. The Govt of India honoured her with prestigeous “Padmasree Award”. Wedded and dedicated to her art, she has rejected lucrative offers from the film industry with a feeling that art should be developed with its Pristine purity .