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Drs. Raja and Radha Reddy are a legendary Kuchipudi dancing couple, gurus and choreographers. Their names are synonymous with Kuchipudi dance and are regarded solely responsible for bringing it on the cultural map of the world.

In their careers spanning over five decades and still counting, they are the first Indian dancers to perform in the International Dance Festival of Avignon in France and Salzburg (Austria) and the Festivals of India in the USA, UK and Bangladesh. In Japan, The Reddys were two of the twenty two star dancers from across the world invited to perform at The All-star Ballet Gala Festival. Raja Radha inaugurated the “Play House Theatre” in Durban (South Africa), they performed on Mississippi river for the Late President Ford and a galaxy of notable personalities across the globe. They have been conferred India's highest civilian awards Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi and Nritya Choodamani Awards.

Trained by eminent Kuchipudi teachers Sri Vedantam Prahlada Sarma and Sri PVG Krishna Sarma, Raja Reddy was offered to teach at the prestigious Julliard School, New York after taking NYC's audience by storm in 1973. Together with his second wife Kaushalya, the trio teaches Kuchipudi to countless up-and-coming pupils around the world with headquarters in New Delhi at their performing arts centre 'Natya Tarangini'. In their endeavor to restore India's rich cultural heritage Natya Tarangini organizes many events, the most awaited being the National Festival of Dance and Music titled 'Parampara Series', initiated by the Reddy’s 17 years back. They strive each day to preserve and refine the cultural mosaic of our daily life and their efforts have been encouraged universally.


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