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Narasimhachari and Vasantha Lakshmi

Narasimhachari made his debut in Kuchipudi at the tender age of five under the rigorous training of his father Sri Satyanarayanachari. He performed the Burra Katha (a ballad form in Telugu) along with his younger sister and brother. The trio very soon became the most popular group in Andhra Pradesh, so much so that they had the honour of performing for the then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Narasimhachari was trained in Bharatanatyam under the expert tutelage of Rukmini Devi at the Kalakshetra. Narasimhachari is a rare combination of a music composer, choreographer, singer, nattuvanar, mridangam player, concert musician, dancer and a highly respected Guru. His wife Vasanthalakshmi specialised in nattuvangam and also contributes the lyrics for their compositions. The Narasimhacharis have produced as many as 21dance-dramas. Natyaveda, one such endeavour, had for its theme the exploration of the Vedic origins of dance as expounded in the Natya Shastra of Bharata. They were on the faculty of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) from the year 1995-1998. Narasimhachari choreographed a special programme titled "Jugal Bandhi" presenting three major classical dance styles of South India – Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam. Of the several dance-dramas choreographed by them, mention may be made of Kambaramayanam, Sivaleela, Saranam Aiyappa, Megha, Sandesa, Girija Kalyanam, Annamacharya, Nrityankita, Bharati Kannamma , Panchatantra, Voice of Ganga, Jesus Christ, Natya Veda and Challenge of Growth.

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