Young Kuchipudi teacher inspires seasoned artistes
Sangeet Natak Academy honoured him with the Utsad Bismillah Khan Award in 2009
One of the young Kuchipudi teachers and dancers, Chinta Balakrishna, of the Sri Siddhendra yogi Kuchipudi Kalapeetam is inspiring seasoned and budding artists alike to contribute their role in spreading the art form.
The multifaceted artist, Balakrishna, now stands before the youngsters as a mirror, by displaying the depth and beauty of the traditional classical art form with his performances accompanied by vocal and instrumental and on-stage performances.
In 2009, Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, awarded him the Utsad Bismillah Khan Yuva Purasakar in Kuchipudi dance category, recognising him as the best promising Kuchipudi dancer. “This recognition for upcoming classical dancers infused a kind of zeal among them, both in Andhra Pradesh and outside, to contribute to the dance form,” Mr. Balakrishna told The Hindu.
Being trained by his father, Natyabhushana China Rama Murthy, in the ‘Gurukula method’, he imbibed the great maestros’ unique quality, mastering in every aspect of Kuchipudi. “My gurus always wanted me to become a complete Kuchipudi artist. It led me to don both men and women characters. I enjoyed playing myriad roles in Bhama Kalapam and Usha Parinayam in Yaksha Ganam and other male characters,” he added.
The teacher-cum seasoned artist is also sound in theory. “Unless a teacher has a deep knowledge of instrumental support and performance, teaching will become a futile exercise,” Mr. Balakrishna believes. He is also simultaneously engaged in research on ‘Kuchipudi Roopanu Rupam – Padma Sri Vedantam Stayanarayana Sarma’, who trained him to became a perfect performer of the woman characters.
He is also one of the leading performers in the two-day dance festival, scheduled to be celebrated at Kuchipudi in February.
‘Unless a teacher has a deep knowledge of instrumental support and performance, teaching will become futile’