Andhra Pradesh government to promote Kuchipudi dance
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said the State Government will make efforts to bring past glory and international reputation to ancient Kuchipudi dance form. Inaugurating the fifth international Kuchipudi Natya Sammelan at Indira Gandhi stadium, Vijayawada on Friday, the Chief Minister said the State Government allotted Rs 100 crore for Kuchipudi Natyaramam. He stressed the need for protecting ancient art forms to protect our culture and traditions.
He said parents should teach the importance of our mother tongue and culture to their children. The Chief Minister said that he is proud to say that Supreme Court judge N.V. Ramana displayed his name board at his residence in Delhi in Telugu. He said Kuchipudi dance will be introduced in all schools. Stating that the state government has been encouraging artistes, the CM said the government has been distributing pension of Rs 1,500 each to 6,740 artistes.
Supreme Court judge Ramana said that ancient art and dance forms help to protect our culture. He said Kuchipudi dance form has great importance. Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad said Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been making efforts to bring past glory to Kuchipudi dance. Minister for information and public relations Palle Raghunadha Reddy said the Chief Minister has been striving hard to protect the ancient dance forms.
Kuchipudi artistes Raja-Radha Reddy, Yamini Krishna Murthy, K. Sobha Naidu, Swapnasundari and Silicon Andhra founder Kuchibotla Anand praised the efforts of the Chief Minister in reviving the glory of Kuchipudi dance form. Ministers Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Kollu Ravindra, Mayor Koneru Sridhar, language and cultural affairs secretary A Srikant, director K. Vijaybhaskar were present. Over 6,000 kuchipudi artistes participated.
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