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An outstanding dancer who has had tutelage under renowned Guru Padma Bhushan Dr. Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam, she created more than 100 solo choreographies, and more than 25 exceptional Kuchipudi ballets…writes Ragasudha Vinjamuri.

Eminent dancer Padmasri Dr. K Sobha Naidu left the dancing fraternity in dismay as she departed for heavenly abode in the early hours of today. The departure of one of the finest exponents is a colossal loss to the Kuchipudi world. She was undergoing treatment for COVID lately, adding to the already existing Ortho-neurological issues after she accidentally fell down at home a month ago.

Wife of retired IAS officer Sri Arjuna Rao, the artiste par excellence and highly dedicated dance Guru has been conferred with several prestigious awards and accolades in over three decades and leaves behind a huge legacy. Recipient of Padma Sri, Sangeet Natak Academy, Nrutya Choodamani and Hamsa awards, she has trained several dancers through Kuchipudi Art Academy in Hyderabad who are spreading the fragrance of Kuchipudi throughout the world.

An outstanding dancer who has had tutelage under renowned Guru Padma Bhushan Dr. Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam, she created more than 100 solo choreographies, and more than 25 exceptional Kuchipudi ballets such as Vipranarayana, Chandalika, Kalyana Srinivasam, Navarasa Natabhamini to name a few. 

She is also related to the legendary actor SV Ranga Rao and as a young danseuse appeared in a Telugu movie Abimaanavantulu in the song Yeppativale kaaduraa Naa Swami. She has performed in India and abroad extensively. She was part of the 600th Birth Year celebrations of Saint Annamacharya marked in the UK, organised by ETA in association with Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam in Midlands, during which she presented mesmerising dance.

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