With the announcement of nation-wide lockdown in India by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi till April 14, artists are finding a way to reach out to people who are forced to be at their houses and could learn a skill or an art form.
The renowned Kuchipudi couple Raja Radha Reddy has started online lessons for those who want to learn Kuchipuid in these times of lockdown. Raja and Radha Reddy are also gurus and choreographers and their names are synonymous with Kuchipudi dance and putting the dance form on the cultural map of the world. For their service to the arts and for their contribution to the culture of India, the Government of India has conferred them the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.
“In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, we want to do everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety. We also understand that in times like this, dancing becomes even more important- it is freedom, expression, elevation and much more. With this in mind, we have taken the precautionary measures of shifting all our classes online. This will help us with our daily routines and at the same time, allow us to free our minds and enjoy something,” said a press note released by their office.
For more information about the online course, you call: +91-98104-04778.
“Let’s keep dancing while still practicing social distancing. Stay safe, stay healthy!’ –Radha Raja Reddy
“Raja, Radha and Kaushalya Reddy relive the agony and ecstasy of being wedded to dance. It comes as a surprise that a youth from a backward district like Adilabad in the ’50s nurtured a passion for dance like a birthright,” wrote The Hindu.