School of Kuchipudi Dance
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao
Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao is a renowned and respected personality in the field of Music and Dance. He has been conferred the titles of “Sangita Samrat” and “Sangita Sastra Visarada” as well as “Natya Kala Sagara” and “Natya Kala Visharada”. Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao holds 3 masters in Telugu, Sanskrit, English, a Ph.d in Sanskrit & Telugu and D.Litt in Indology. He worked with American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) 1978-2010 and Retired as Associate Director General.
Dr. P. Rama Devi
“Kalasri” Dr. P. Rama Devi has a Ph.D. in Kuchipudi dance from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University. Her research focused on “Comparative study of Chaturvidhabhinayas between Kathakali and Kuchipudi Yakshagana”. She is a recipient of Senior Fellowship from Department of Culture, New Delhi.
Dr. Yashoda Thakore
Dr. Yashoda Thakore has a Ph.D. in Kuchipudi dance from University of Hyderabad. Her research focused on “The interrelationship between Yoga and Indian Classical Dance with special emphasis on Kuchipudi”. She is a faculty member at the University of Hyderabad.
Dr. Anupama Kylash
Dr.Anupama has trained in Kuchipudi from Dr. Uma Rama Rao, and is a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Swapnasundari in Vilasini Natyam. She has been actively performing Kuchipudi for over 20 yrs and Vilasini Natyam for over 12 years. She has authored a book titled ‘Nayikas in Kshetrayya Padams’ which was published by the prestigious ‘Writers Workshop’ Kolkata. She has authored a second book titled, ‘ The Nayikas of Annamacharya – an interpretation for Dance ‘, based on her Doctoral thesis.
Dr. Sumitra Velury
Dr. Sumitra Velury has Ph.D. in dance from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University. Her research focused on “Origin and Development of Kuchipudi dance with special reference to Bhamakalapam”.