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The Extraordinary Kuchipudi Artist- Sri Vedantam Radheshyam

 

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Sri Vedantam Radheshyam was born to Vedantam Suryanarayana in Kuchipudi. He took upon Kuchipudi dance as his family heritage at an early age. He had undergone training from various Gurus and acquired learning of the ancient dance form. The great dance experts who guided Guru Radheshyam were Vedantam Parvateesam, Vedantam Seetha Rama Sastry, Vempati Pedda Satyam, Vempati Chinna Satyam, P V G Krishna Sarma, Y Seetha Ramanjaneyulu, Satyasundararamaiah, Bokka Kumaraswami, and Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma.

Sri Vedantam Radheshyam obtained Diploma (Honours) in Kuchipudi dance. He was in this field of teaching as well as on-stage performance for more than three decades. Formerly, he worked as Incharge Principal at Sri Siddhendra Kalakshetra Pranganam, Telugu University.

He navigated to many places in India and abroad and enchanted the audience with his performance in over 2000 dance programs.  His claim to fame includes not only his innate expertise of singing, dancing but also his ingenuousness and purity.

In other words, he is a dancer who presents with aesthetic effect always tries to keep a link with Nattuvangam. (NATTUVANGAM is a Tamil word i.e. Natta + Angam. Natta means dancer or Dance Performance and Angam means body or main operating or controlling center. The combination of these two is called Nattuvangam).

Here are some of the characters he had portrayed at various concerts:

Boudha Bikshuvu in Chandalika
Apasara & Sukracharya Pramadhudu in Ksheerasagaramadhanam
Prahalda, Hiranya Kasyapa in Bhaktaprahlada
Chitrlekha in Ushaparinayam
Narada in Sri Krishna Parijatam
Agniyothanudu & Archkaswamy in Rukmini Kalyanam
Rishi, Sukha, Brahma Maharishi and Gollavadu in Srinivasakalyanam
Gollabhama & Sutradhari in Gollakalapam
Somayaji – Sutradhari in Sri Krishnavijayam
Vedantam Radheshyam as Sutradhari
Bhama, Lord Krishna & Madhavi in Bhamakalapam
Kaveri & Archakaswamy in Vipranarayana
King Sunda in Tilottama
Parvathi, Sutradhari in Parvathi Kalyanam

Awards/recognition received by Sri Vedantam Radheshyam

State awards
1. Hamsa Award 2013 Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad
2. Viswa Daata award by Viswaddata cultural foundation, Yalakurru, A.P in 2016
3. Vishesha Puraskaram 2010 by Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad
4. Ugadi Puraskaram in 2011, Hyderabad
5. Osmania university for performing Bhagyanagar Ballet
6. Award for Guttiest and artist from Annamalai university in Madras
7. Aasthana Vidhwan of Avadhootha Datta Peetam in 2014, Mysore
8. Best teacher award by P.S.T.U Hyderabad
9. Andhra Nataka Kala Samithi
10. Silicon Andhra felicitation
11. Appreciation from Sri Tyagaraja Gana Kala samithi, Thiruvuru, A.P
12. Andhra Pradesh Kala Neerajana Puraskaram 1995
13. Appreciation in Krishna Mahostavam, 2001, 2002, A.P
14. Andhra Pradesh State cultural awareness society 2016, 2017

National awards
1. Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award 2014 Central Govt. of India, New Delhi, Awarded by President of India
2. Govt. Recognition by Swastha Environment Human rights and was given an award in 2016

International awards
1. Got a place in Guinness Book of world Records, 2008 , U.S.A.
2. Honorable Doctorate by the Academy of Universal Global Peace in 2016
3. Appreciation by European Telugu Association
4. Appreciation by the Telugu Cultural Association, Houston, Texas
5. Appreciation by the Telugu Association of Memphis.

 

After retirement, he came back to his village and set up ‘Vedantam vari Gurukulam’ in his own home town Kuchupudi. In the Gurukulam the students are offered free food and accommodation along with dance classes. Most of his sishyas have migrated to different places of the world to promote ‘Kuchipudi- the classical dance form’. His humility is notable as he ventures on the streets on his old bicycle.

“Some people are remarkable, surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.” – one such person is Vedantam Radhesyam.


Check out Radheshyam’s eloquent speech and extravagant performance on the sizzling Kalapeet stage.