Course in Ekapaatra Kelika DancePotti Sreeramulu Telugu University
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Course in Ekapaatra Kelika Dance
The main objective of this department is to impart practical and theoretical training for students about South Indian music and providing for advanced research in the subject with an inter-disciplinary approach.
Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University is one of the few language universities in the country. It was established as "Telugu University" on 2nd December 1985 through an Act of Legislation (Act No. 27 of 1985) with head quarters at Hyderabad and campuses at Sri Sailam and Rajahmundry. Later in the year 1989 the Siddhendra Kalakshetram at Kuchipudi merged with the University. The School of Folk and Tribal Lore was established at Warangal during the year 1994.This University was founded with the broad objectives of serving the cause of the Telugu people, both within the State and outside. For this purpose, the state government has merged the Sahitya, Sangeetha, Nataka, Nritya and Lalitha Kala Academies, International Telugu Institute and Telugu Bhasha Samithi into the University. Thus, the University was established to function as a central organization for teaching and research in Language and Literature, History and Culture, Fine Arts and Performing Arts, religion and philosophy of the Telugu speaking people. It strives to inculcate a sense of identity in them as citizens of India and as responsible representatives of Andhra Pradesh. This University was renamed as Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University in the year 1998. The University Grants Commission has recognized the University as fit to receive financial grants since 2nd May1990.
To understand any classical dance tradition, the best way is to study the different facets of the respective art form, like pure theory, applied theory, origin, history, development cultural background like language, music, customs and traditions. The whole system involves indirectly Hindu mythology, philosophy, sculpture, painting, human psychology and yoga. It is a Moving spirit and Indian Culture personified. In the vastness of India and the magnitude of her regional cultures, there emerged several classical dance styles having common theoretical background. At present we have recognized eight traditions namely; Bharatha Natyam (Tamil Nadu), Kathakali and Mohiniattam (Kerala), Kuchipudi Dance (Andhra Pradesh), Odissi Dance (Orissa), Manipuri Dance (Bengal and Manipur), Kathak (North India) and Sattriya Dance (Assam).
Though ancient in character, unfortunately, due to socio-political reasons, all these classical dance forms have gone into oblivion and brought to lime light by a few connoisseurs of the respective fields who got their recognition in their respective fields during the later part of the previous century.
Yakshagana is another dance form evolved from this age-old tradition. This form of dance involves more characters, and gives a more dramatic essence to the dance. Unlike Bhama Kalapam, which is centered on a female character - Satya Bhama, Yakshaganas involve more than one character to bring out the story of the dance. Bhakta Phrahalda, Usha Parinayam, Sasirekha Parinayam, and Rama Natakam are some of the popular Yakshaganas still in vogue. Golla Kalapam is another creation based on social theme, a discussion between an orthodox Brahmin and a clever Milkmaid -Gollabhama.
Today, Kuchipudi Dance has taken a different shape in the art world. Ekapatra Kelika -a solo dance system emerged to accommodate female artists, irrespective of religion, caste and creed. It is a full-fledged technique with rich traditional and historical background and strict application of pure theory based on Bharata's Natya Shastra, and Nandikeswara's Abhinaya Darpanam, made this form beautiful and artistic. Late Brahmasri Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastri -an exponent from a Kuchipudi traditional family, was responsible for this great achievement.
Kuchipudi Dance is a moving spirit, traveling from ancient times to modern and working for the promotion of welfare of the society while preserving entertainment values with a human touch.