Odissi, Kuchipudi Folk Art Of Andhra, Andhra Natyam and Folk Arts Of Karnataka
Episode Seven: Oddissi by Surupa Sen and Bijoyini Satpati
Kuchipudi by Shoba Naidu
Folk Art of Andhra - Perrini: This episode features a duet in the classical Odissi style by Surupa Sen and Bijoyini Satpati, senior dancers from the dance village Nrityagram, Bangalore , founded by the famous danseuse Protima Gauri Bedi. Surupa also explains the nuances of Odissi specially highlighting the 12th century Guru Maheshwara Mahapatra's book Abhinaya Chandrika as one of the most sought after works on this classical form. In the second half, we move onto another classical form of India - Kuchipudi which derives its name from the village where it originated. This episode features leading Kuchipudi dancer Shoba Naidu. This episode also features a semi-classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh, Perrinin - an all male dance ensemble. Inspired by the Rammappa temple in Warangal built by the Kaktiya dynasty about 700 years ago, Guru Nataraja Ramakrishna recreated this lost art form.
Episode Eight: Folk Art of Andhra - Perrini
Andhra Natyam by Kalakrishna
Folk Arts of Karnataka: About 700 years ago, the male members of the royal family of Kakatiya dynasty and the warriors danced the Perrini Shiva Tandavam to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva. This episode features another number of Perrini popularly called the dance of the war lords. Another classical dance form of Andhra Prades - Andhra Natyam - originally called Lasya Nartana was practiced by temple dancers. This vibrant style of the Telugu people is today popularly called Andhra Natyam. A dance number where a make successfully impersonates and performs the female role of Satyabhama is performed by Kalakrishna.
Karnataka has various and varied folk dance forms which exhibit the values and attitudes of the local people - the three beautiful and versatile dance forms of Somana Kunitha, Marammana Kunitha and Kasale are clubbed together and presented as one dance number.