Kuchipudi | Abhinaya | Nattuvangam


A Dancer Emerges

Rangapravesam, which means “ascending the stage’ in Sanskrit, is a full-length solo dance performance. It marks the transition of the artiste from a student to a blossoming dancer. Accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance demands that the dancer exhibit an understanding of the many aspects of Kuchipudi, from sensitive expressions to intricate rhythm, blending grace and vigor.

Several of Sarada’s students have performed their rangapravesams, full-length solo recitals, after years of training.

Likhitha Umakanth

Likhitha Umakanth performed her rangapravesam in November 2011. She began learning Kuchipudi under Smt. J. Sarada when she was 8. Likhitha has performed in Henrico County Public School events as well as at the Sai Temple in Richmond and various Indian cultural programs in the Richmond area. She also performed in Sri Hari Rama Murthy’s 2011 US tour presenting the dance drama Mohini Bhasmasura.


Ameya Jammi