Chinta Seetha Ramanjaneyulu



Born on 19 September 1922 in Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chinta Seetha Ramanjaneyulu was initiated in Kuchipudi dance by his father Narayana Murthy and his brother Chinta Krishnamurthy. One of a family of dancers and musicians, he received training in the traditional performance also from Vedantam Parvateesam, Vempati Venkatanarayana , Chinta Venkata Ramaiah, and Chinta Adinarayana. Besides the Kuchipudi Yakshagana, he acquired expertise in the Ashtapadi, javali, and Taranga forms studying under these masters. He also learnt nattuvangam and singing.
Shri Ramanjaneyulu made a fresh start in his life as an artist when he moved to Gudivada town in Krishna district in the 1950s to teach dance at the Kuchipudi Kalakshetra . In 2000 he established his own institution at Gudivada, the Bharati Kuchipudi dance Academy, where he continues to impart training in Kuchipudi dance. Several of his students have made a name for themselves at the national level.
As a performer, Shri Ramanjaneyulu has excelled both in male and female roles in Kuchipudi dramas, playing Lord Krishna , Bhama, and Madhavi in Bhamakalapam, Usha and ChitraIekha in Usha Parinayam, Archakaswamy and Kaveri in Vipranarayana, Kind Sunda in Tillottama, Gollabhama and Sutradhari in Gollakalapam, and Prahalada and Hiranyakashipu in Bhaktarprahalada. He has also choreographed a number of dance-dramas such as Sagnrasoudham, Bhakta Kannappa, Bheeshma Pratigna, Manbharatam-Mahabharatam, Svatantrodyama Samvakaram, and Mohini Bhasmasura. He has conducted lecture-demonstrations and workshops on Kuchipudi dance under the aegis of reputed institutions.
Shri Chinta Ramanjaneyulu has been honoured with the Siddendra Nartana Puraskar (2012) by the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University.
Shri Chinta Seetha Ramanjaneyulu receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Kuchipudi dance .