Pasumarthy Venugapala Krishna Sarma



Born in 1933 in the village of Kuchipudi, Andhra Pradesh, Shri Pasumarty Venugopala Krishna Sarma learnt Kuchipudi dance from Chinta Venkataramayya and Vedantam Lakshmi Narayana Sastry. He learnt music from Yeleswarapu Seetha Ramanjaneyulu. He also received training in Kuchipudi yakshaganas.
Both as a performer and teacher, Shri Krishna Sarma has made vital contributions to Kuchipudi dance. He has played numerous lead roles in Kuchipudi dance-dramas and yakshaganas, excelling particularly in the female roles. For several years he had been a member of major Kuchipudi groups like the Shri Venkataramayya Natya Mandali and the Sri Siddhendra Kala-kshetram troupe. A senior Kuchipudi teacher and sutradhar, Shri Krishna Sarma has trained a large number of students. He is the Principal of Sri Siddhendra Kalakshetram, Kuchipudi. He has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987, and the Siddhendra Narthana Puraskaram of Andhra Pradesh in 2009.
Shri Pasumarthy Venugopala Krishna Sarma is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian dance.