|Maestro of classical dance|
Dance was not in his blood neither did he know anything about it. He had no clue as to what it was all about or that there were so many forms of dances.
Today, he is one of the leading exponents in the field of dance. With an International acclaim and over 800 stage performances to his credit, this man with a spellbinding posture in make-up can mesmerise many a audience.
Abhinava Satya Bhama, Madhura Lasya Kala Nidhi -- Kala Krishna, the name that today stands as a synonym to Andhra Natyam and more specifically to Perini, is the man with that magical spell in his abhinaya.
Kala Krishna is an outstanding artist with a specific style of his own who had started learning dance at not-so-early age of 24. His dedication and devotion to this field pulled him out of his profession as a school teacher and rendered him to be a dance teacher. Today Kala Krishna has many a disciples who have carved a niche for themselves in this field.
Kala Krishna is a disciple of the great Guru Bharata Kalaprapoorna Sri Nataraja Ramakrishna who has dedicated his life to the world of dance and did an extensive research to revive the almost lost charm of a dance form which subsequently was named "Andhra Natyam" by the then intellectuals from the field.
Here are a few excerpts from an exclusive interview of Sri Kala Krishna to Primetime Prism.
Q. What made you enter the world of Dance? You said that you don’t heir from that family. Then how did it interest you?
Answer : “Well, it was quite coincidental, if I may call it so. I was always interested in school cultural activities as a student. But I never even had a slightest clue that there were so many variations to classical dance viz. Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi etc. When I migrated to this city, and was teaching in a private school as a teacher, it was coincidental that the administration had asked me to coordinate for some cultural activities and it was then that I felt, I could rather learn the art myself and impart it to the students. This is how I got into this field.
Q. Can you please brief us about Andhra Natyam and its origin?
Answer : Andhra Natyam is essentially a form of dance that was initially performed by female artistes of our state as invocations to Gods in temples and in the courts of Kings. While this form of art did not specifically have any name to it, they were calling it kacheri, mezwani or carnatic, this was a very popular form of dance in the Kakatiya period. In the year 1972, this form of dance was, after extensive research by the intellectuals like Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna, was named Andhra Natyam. Though it was named then, it actually gained momentum only in the early 80’s. A specific syllabus to the effect was then formed and it was formally being imparted to the students interested.
Q. What is the basic difference between Kuchipudi and Andhra Natyam?
Answer : Kuchipudi was a dance form that was made for men and performed only by men and Andhra Natyam on the contrary is a dance form for women and has to be performed by women. But as you know with changing times, both of these forms are being performed by both genders. Another major difference between the two is that Andhra Natyam was essentially supposed to be a solo performance, while Kuchipudi is a group performance in the Bhagavatar style.
Q. What is Perini? Is it a part of Andhra Natyam?
Answer : Perini is a complete male oriented performance. This was an art form form which was completely extinct.