Source: The Hindu; Photo Courtesy: Rajeev Bhatt 

Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao talk to Anjana Rajan about teaching Kuchipudi, learning from the new generation, and their upcoming festival, Vriddhi. The arts are all about growth: expanding the mind, augmenting the health, spreading ideas, extending understanding. “Vriddhi” (Growth) seems an apt name for the upcoming festival of performing arts to be presented by the Kuchipudi duo of Guru Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao in New Delhi.“Vriddhi — Rise Extraordinaire”, will be flagged off on October 25 at Kamani auditorium, 7 p.m. The evening will feature Bharatanatyam by Sharanya Chandran, Kuchipudi by T. Reddi Lakshmi and Kathak by Vidha Lal, followed by a performance by the classical dancers of Ability Unlimited under the direction of Sallaudin Pasha.

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The dancer couple performing at a concert. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt