Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam

Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam born in a traditional family of dancers in the village, Kuchipudi , Andhra Pradesh , dance was intermingled in Vempati’s blood and veins. Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry , a great master in the field, initiated young Vempati into this great art. As he learnt the nuances of this style of dance, Vempati was avid to see this great heritage permeate all over the world.

With this burning desire he left his native village at the age of 18. Due to financial constraints he walked all he way to Madras, now Chennai , the cultural Mecca of all fine arts. He underwent vigorous training under his cousin, Vempati Pedda Satyam who was a well-established dance director in the film world. He also spent a year under various teachers extending his knowledge of various styles.

The glitter and glamour of the tinsel world failed to impress him. With the desire to spread Kuchipudi , burning within , Vempati started teaching and started his Kuchipudi Art Academy at Madras in 1963. The Academy has to its credit more than 180 Solo items and 15 dance dramas composed and choreographed by Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam . These Solo items and dramas have been staged all over India and abroad. He composed his first dance drama Sri Krishna Parijatham in the same period followed by another hit Ksheera Sagara Madanam and played the lead role. His portrayal of Lord Shiva and his brilliant choreography was received with thunderous applause. With his very first attempt passing in flying colours, his long cherished desire , to establish Kuchipudi among the prominent classical styles , got a short in the arm.

Vempati’s charismatic choreography and scintillating style were witnessed and applauded in almost all parts of the world. He sublimated and systematized Kuchipudi without sacrificing its pristine purity and gave it a more classical and sophisticated look. He refined and redefined Kuchipudi bringing it completely within the boundaries of Natya Sastra and gave it a wholly new perspective. Vempati worked on and produced many more marvels like Padmavati Srinivasa Kalyanam , Viprnarayana Cheritam, Menaka Viswamitra, Sakuntlaam, Bama Kalapam, Chandalika , Rukmini Kalyanam, Hara Vilasam, Siva Dhanurbhangam (the first part of the oldest epic Ramayana) and Ardha Nareeswara .He also composed Kumara Sambhavam, Padmavathi Thirumanam and Sri Krishna Parijatam in Tamil. The latest is being Sri Padma Parijatham (Annamayya) and Kirataarjuneeyam.

Notable among the numerous Awards, honors and citations conferred on him are “Padma Bhushan” by Govt. of India , “Fellow” by Sangeet Natak Akademy , New Delhi , Kalaprapurna by Andhra University , Kuchipudi Nritya Pramukh by Sangeet Natak Akademy (New Delhi),Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt.) by Sri Venkateswara University (Tirupati) , Kalidas Puraskar by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh , Kalai mamani by Govt. of Tamil Nadu .

Nadanabhooshanam Sri. Vinayachandran

Vinayachandran hails from Kerala and is a very highly renowned prodigy in a variety of Classical Dance Art Forms (including but not limited to Mohiniyattom, Kuchipudi and Bharathanatyam). He currently works at the prestigious Swathi Thirunal Music Academy and had been providing a very Elite one of a kind dance training for past several decades. Students of Sri. Vinayachandran continue to perform in Kerala, other states in India and abroad.

Mrs. Ananthalakshmi Venkitaraman

Mrs. Ananthalakshmi Venkitaraman hails from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. She is a very highly accomplished Maestro in Carnatic Music, an 'A' Grade Artist at All India Radio, and a Sangeetha Nataka Academy Fellowship Holder' in Carnatic Music. Ananthalakshmi was trained in the Gurukula Sampradaya under a doyen of Carnatic music. At the age of 75, she had performed a straight 36 hours of Classical Music Concert in November 11, 2004 at the Soorya Festival of Dance and Music (Tagore Centenary Hall, Trivandrum). She is currently being considered by the Guinness Stipulatory Committee for a potential Record in this category, given the person's age and caliber.