Deepika Reddy

Deepika is a leading exponent of Kuchipudi, which she began studying more than 40 years ago at the behest of her mother, herself a dancer. She is passionate about the classical dance and constantly strives to propagate it, as it reflects the rich cultural heritage of Andhra Pradesh. She was groomed by the legendary Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, and she mirrors his technique with ease and confidence.

Deepika has secured a special niche in the world of performing arts, and has performed extensively at prestigious dance festivals across the country. She has also been a cultural ambassador for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Her main focus is giving holistic training to her disciples and bringing out their best. Deepika teaches seven days a week, and her methods encourage students to realise and harness their individual potentials. She has been invited to train faculty at the CCRT and give lecture-demonstrations at various institutes.

Deepika founded ‘Deepanjali’ in 2000 to take Kuchipudi to the next generation. The institute strives for excellence, and no child with enthusiasm is denied an opportunity on account of economics or a socially disadvantaged position. She is also a recipient of the Kala Ratna; among her other awards are the Akkineni Nageswara Rao Swarna Kankanam; the Vani Kala Sudhakara from the Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai; and the Yagna Raman Award for Excellence 2009 from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai.