to dance at the kinder age of four, Anupama Mohan has danced
to fame. A native of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh and the wife
of veteran Malayalam Film Maker Mohan, Anupama is one of the
best known disciples of Kuchipudi Acharya Padmabushan
Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam.
::Starting at the age of four
She received the first
invitation to dance when she was just four years old. Till
the age of eight, she was under the guidance of Guru Shri.
Kota Subramanya Sastry of Nellore, following which
she was credited with as many as hundred performances in Andhra
Pradesh with in a short period.
::Under the Guru
Later she joined the renowned Kuchipudi Art
Academy in Chennai and soon
became one of the fondest gifted disciples of its
Founder - Director the Living Legend, Guru Padmabushan
Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam.
She settled in Chennai thereafter for further learning
under Gurukula Sampradayam for more
than 16 years and did her schooling in Chennai itself.
She was always there in blessed handful of fond disciples
of the Guru. Even during her days in the Gurukulam,
Anupama was one of the leading artists in the Guru's
troupe for stage performances.
had presented almost all important characters
in the troupe's ballets. Her masterpieces were
Narada in Sri Krishana
Parijatham and Parvathi,
in Srinivasa Kalyam where Ms.
Manju Bhargavi played the role of Srinivasa
who was also her batch mate. As an approval of
her performance Anupama had been nick named "Narada"
by the Kuchipudi enthusiasts.
through rigorous training that saw her blossom into an artist
of technical and emotive excellence, she continued in the
Academy on its teaching staff after her 16 years of training.
She was with her Guru for more than 20 years altogether and
continues to be under the hallow of his blessed guidance.
::A delight to watch
an in-born passion for the Kuchipudi Art form, she is
a dancer whose graceful movements, Rhythm
and sensitive Abhinaya are a delight
to watch. Her performances are marked by the empathy
and elegance complimented by delicacy and warmth of
aesthetic communication. She has won the hearts of the
connoisseurs with her compelling stage presence, classical
artistry and nuances of expression, wherever she has
performed; be it in India or abroad.
::Rare, unique moments
her kinder age itself she got an opportunity to perform
in the presence of Dr. Sarve Palli Radhakrishnan
(Former President of India). In early
seventies itself she started touring India and abroad.
Her first trip was to the Independent Nation Sikkim
in 1971; where she got another great opportunity
to perform in the presence of King of Sikkim.
A glance through Anupama's career on the international
scene would include her performances in the Yuv
Utsav Festivals held in Delhi
1974 conducted by Sangeet Natak Akademi
and later in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
for Telugu Prapancha Maha Shaba. In
1977 Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai
honoured her with Natya Visharada.
In 1979 she had another great opportunity
to perform along with the famous dancer Ms.
Kamala Lakshman in Sri Lanka.
Thayagaraja Gana Shaba honoured her
for Outstanding Kuchipudi Performance
in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). Konark
Festival held in Orissa, Mamal Festival
held in Mahabalipuram, Chennai (Tamil Nadu),
Surya Festival held in Trivandrum (Kerala),
Nishagandhi Festival held in Trivandrum
(Kerala), Vengi Festival held
in Ellore (Andhra Pradesh), Akhilabharatha
Kuchipudi Mahostavas held in Kuchipudi
(Andhra Pradesh), Sidhendra Yogi Jayanthi
Mahostavas held in Kuchipudi (Andhra
Pradesh), National Dance Festival
conducted by the Government of Kerala in Karasgod
in 2002 are some of the other major events
in her illustrious career. She became an "A"
graded artist of Doordarshan in 1994.
Kaladarpana honoured her with Natya
Jyothi in Cochin (Kerala).
1974 she accompanied her Guru Padmabushan
Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam to London
with her batch mates Ms. Hema Malani
and Ms. Shoba Naidu. Later in 1975
she made a four months Europe tour
to France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium
and many other cities with her batch mates Ms.
Bala Kondalarao, Ms. Lolo (French) and Mr. Kamadev.
She had performed more than 36 stages
during this tour alone. She had widely traveled in the
Middle East also for performance.
Besides she has performed in various cities all over
India Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Lucknow, Varanasi,
Ahamadabad, Kolkatta, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Mumbai, Pune,
Raipur, Nagpur, Por-Bunder, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar, Vishakhapatnam,
Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kanyakumari
and some of the temple cities are Kollur Shri.
Devi Mookambika temple (Karnataka), Udipi Shri. Krishnan
temple (Karnataka), Tirupathi Shri. Venkateswara temple
(Andhra Pradesh), Guruvayoor Shri. Krishnan temple (Kerala),
Chennai Shri. Ayyappan temple (Tamil Nadu)
and many other cities and town are also among others.
She had done nearly thousand stage
performance till to-day in India and abroad.
She has given many lecture demonstration classes all
over Kerala and recently in Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, Trichur (Kerala) for The National Seminar on
Sanskrit, Indian Culture & History
where she had performed besides giving an effective
She lives in Cochin and heads SATHYAANJALI Academy
Of Kuchipudi Dance. Has two sons Purander
Mohan and Upendhar Mohan.