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Vera Krishnaraj

   Vera Krishnaraj is the exponent of Indian classical dance Kuchipudi, teacher and choreographer of Natyalayam.Dance School

     Dance had come   in Vera’s life when she was at  the age of five. Exactly at this time she joined the school of Russian folk dance Nadnepryanochka, where she was one of the main dancers for 9 years. At the age of sixteen Vera got to know the method of meditation Sahaja Yoga and begun actively practice it and learn the cultural heritage of India. Thanks to Sahaja Yoga and her establisher Shri Mataji  Nirmala Devi she got very deep understanding of Indian culture and its spiritual heritage. From 1994 up to 1996 she started practicing Indian folk dance. In 1996 Vera met Indian exponent of classical dance Kuchipudi Padma Puttu, who opened this style of dance for Vera and gave her first classes. In the same 1996 Vera wrote a letter to the greatest Guru of Kuchipudi Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam with the request to except her as a student in Kuchipudi Art Academy (www.kuchipudiartacademy.com). After one month she got a positive replay and came to India Madras city.

     Already after less than one year of hard learning and practicing with full dedication under the direct teaching of Vempati Chinna Satyam and with his blessings Vera had her first stage performance and she became a member of concert group of Kuchipudi Art Academy.  Next several years past in the full dedication to dance, mastering details of this beautiful art, hours-long trainings under the Guru ji and his son Vempati Ravi Shankar. During her years in Academy she had been always communicating and had a chance to absorb  such great dancers as Vempati Ravi Shankar, Jai Kishiore Mosalikanti, Kalpalatika Tyagaragan, Shobha Korambil, Mallika Ramprasad and etc. During these years as a member of concert group she participated in various performances given by the Academy in many cities of India such as Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Vaysakapatan, Hyderabad, Bombay and etc. And also in a yearly festivals of culture “Mammallapuram Dance Festival” and “Madras Music Season”. In 1998 Vera gave performance in Ganapatipule (India) in the presence of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and the audience of 10000 people.

      Apart of studying theory of dance and Sanskrit language she past a course of Carnatic Music and Nattuvangam under guidance of Bhagavatula Sita Rama Sharma.

      From 2001 Vera had  started to teach Kuchipudi dance in the Cultural Center of Indian Embassy www.indianembassy.ru. Also she had established Natyalayam dance group. Vera and her students regularly took part in cultural programs of Indian Embassy. In 2003 students of Natyalayam had given first solo concert. In 2004 Vera  participated in the first staging of Nritya Sabha Fond “ Panch Bhooth”. During these years she gave a lot of performances in various cities of Russia and other countries such as India, Lithuania, Italy, Greece and etc. At the present moment Vera continuous to practice and develop her dance skills under the great performer and teacher of Kuchipudi Jay Kishore Mosalikanti.

       In 2016 Vera had a chain of performances in India. She was invited to dance on the occasion of  the Centenary  Year Celebration of Benares Hindu University (http://www.bhu.ac.in) .  Her performance was highly appreciated and rewarded by the dance and music professors of the University and was covered by media.

       Vera has got a special skill to open the hearts of the audience as her soul and body become one with the sounds of music. Her dance is filled with spirituality and heist joy.

 

 

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