12 yr old dazzles with 800 performances

12 yr old dazzles with 800 performances
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Dance is divine. I worship God every day with my dance. My passion for dance has made me give up the dream of studying medicine, says Maddali Venkata Naga Sai Radha Chandrika alias Maddali Sai Chandrika, a young dancer. Though she was not born into a family of dancers, Sai Chandrika developed an intense desire to excel in the art since her childhood.

Sai Chandrika started dancing at a tender age of six and has even composed dance sequences of her own just by observing artistes perform

Dance is divine. I worship God every day with my dance. My passion for dance has made me give up the dream of studying medicine, says Maddali Venkata Naga Sai Radha Chandrika alias Maddali Sai Chandrika, a young dancer. Though she was not born into a family of dancers, Sai Chandrika developed an intense desire to excel in the art since her childhood. Recollecting her initiation into dance, she said that it was done by her teachers when she was hardly six-years-old. Her first guru was Ch Srinivas.

Legendary Kuchipudi exponent Vempati Chinna Satyam is her inspiration. By keenly observing the footwork, facial expressions and rhythm of eminent Kuchipudi exponents, she composed dance sequences like `Vasavi Kanyaka’, `Bhukailas’ and `Sri Dwaraka Tirumala Vaibhavam’ at a young age of 12. True to her credit, Sai Chandrika’s ballets won accolades from dance exponents as she laid greater emphasis on the basic elements of Nritta, Nritya and Natya in her compositions.

Sai Chandrika (left) along with her parents

In pursuing her passion, Sai Chandrika has garnered great support and encouragement from her parents Maddali Surya Prakash and Satyavani. So far, Sai Chandrika has given more than 800 dance performances in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and other states and has been honoured with titles like `Natya Saugandhi’, `Visishta Ratna’ and `Nritya Vilasini’ by various cultural organisations.

She also has registered her name in the Telugu Book of Records and International Wonder Book of Records with her dance feats. The secret for her excellence in the field is dedication and hard work. Sai Chandrika, who is currently training with eminent Kuchipudi exponent Chinta Ravi Bala Krishna to further her talent, said, “Every student should develop interest in one or the other cultural activities which keeps the body healthy and mind fresh.”

She underlined the need for setting up a platform for Kuchipudi dance masters and students to enable them to have better interaction for developing this unique art form in Andhra Pradesh.“The State Government should focus on propagating fine arts by encouraging budding talent which helps uphold our rich culture and heritage,” concluded Sai Chandrika.

By:HVRS Prasad

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