Achutamanasa
was born into a philanthropic family, which has an immense love for indigenous Indian culture.At a very tender age of five, as a child she was with a perception that ‘Dance is music and music is dance’. Feeling both are one,she asked her mother to make her join. Her mother Smt.Rajya Lakshmi infused the interest towards arts and got her child admitted to a carnatic vocal school. While learning rudiments in vocal music at the age of six, one fine evening, when she was going to the institute she got fascinated with the rhythmic sounds of Muvvalu (Classical Dance Anklets) and explored what her soul was aspiring for. Having been enthralled by rhythmic footsteps of Kuchipudi (the native Classical Dance form of AndhraPradesh,INDIA) she pested her mother by crying to have an admission to Kuchipudi institute.Namely, there is a transition from her perception and later realized incourse of time that dance is one which has vocal music,instrumental music ,sculpture,painting,and theatre.”Sakala Kala Saaram Natyam”.Even at that tender age, Achutamanasa had a succinct idea of what her soul was aspiring for.Recognizing the ‘spark’ in her child and the agility of her body for Kuchipudi, her mother who herself is a connoisseur immediately accepted her proposal and admitted the child to the institute. Her father, Sri. Ravi Chandra, a senior police Officer encouraged and supported her.

Achutamanasa, a leading young exponent of Kuchipudi  is a dedicated student of this splendour art form “KUCHIPUDI-AN INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE FORM”. She has brought a totally novel look, lyrical beauty, rhythmic recharge to movements. The striking aspect of her dance is that she stirs up the hearts and souls of the audience through her abhinaya ( expressions and rhythmic movements) and make their souls connect to her. Her exuberance can be seen in her “Navarasa Expressions”: ‘Satvikabhinaya’ is one of the main hallmarks of Achutamanasa.Disciple of  Guru Mahankali Suryanarayana Sarma and Guru K.V Subrahmanyam  - who is a disciple of the legendary Gurus Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and Sri Chintha Adinarayana Sarma.With 24 plus  years of experience in the field of arts by now Achutamanasa performed over  1000+ solo KUCHIPUDI recitals at various prestigious platforms in and across the country ,world and honoured with many awards and rewards from several organizations, audiences and critics as well .”A Grade artist “of  Dhoordharshan now, The Cultural Ministry of the Government of India recognized the spark of excellence in the young ten year old then and supported her with CCRTscholarships to pursue her training for the next decade.She is also an EMPANELLED  Member-ARTISTE OF ICCR and Ministry of Culture for festivals of INDIA ABROAD.She did  her graduation in B.Tech. (CSE) with a distinction which in turn gave her an opportunity to work as Software Engineer in  TCS- MNC through campus placements in her third year of engineering.She resigned her job to pursue her passions. She now holds distinction  in Master of Performing Arts-M.A Kuchipudi from Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University and also a First rank holder in M.A Kuchipudi at Sri Sidhendhra yogi Kuchipudi KalaPeetam,Kuchipudi. She is pursuing Masters in YOGA (MSC Yoga) and also Masters in Social Work at Acharya Nagarjuna university. Also a Research scholar now,She is  a passionate and compassionate aspirant of  services to do her best for  India-Humanity on a whole.

 Her quest for knowledge,passion for fine arts, made her curious to explore,learn various art forms of India .She being versatile genious explored-exploring not only Kuchipudi but also many other art forms of India. Unique part of her artistic career is , She is being  trained and a huge practitioner of seven classical dance forms of INDIA,namely “Kuchipudi”,“Bharathanatyam”,Kathak”,Temple Ritual dance called Prenkini Natyam(dancer paints a picture using rangoli with footwork) –Simhanandhini,Mayurakauthvam,Sri Lakshmi Udbhavam(one amongst very few in the world, who can perform all three and also one who performed all three at a time),Mohiniyattam,Odissi” and “Manipuri” under Gurus Dr.Sri.K.V.Subrahmanyam,Guru Dr.Sri.Devendra pillai,Guru Pt.Anju Babu,Guru Smt.Voleti Rangamani,Guru Dr.Renajena,Guru Dr.Sohiniray  respectively.She is also trained in “Carnatic Vocal”, Light Music” ,Painting”-especially in Stumpingportraits,oil paintings and M.S. Paint. As a child prodigy, she learnt Janapada Arts (folk dance) in her schooling itself. She has expertise in choreography which she had started at the age of 12..She has choreographed several solo and Group songs from spiritual to secular like Annamaya keerthanas,Thillanas(one jugalbandhi with Kuchipudi,Kathak and Bharatanatyam), Taranagams etc., to Vande mataram,Jana gana mana etc., and various ballets till date.She performs over 108 annamaya keerthanas  apart from traditional songs of kuchipudi.She has a penchant for photography also. Achutamanasa-A ‘Member of International Dance Council CID- UNESCO’ for the year 2011 , was invited to give performance representing our country, ‘India’, for the 31st World Congress on Dance Research at Didimotiho, Greece. She is adorned with one international award “UNESCO MILLENNIUM BEST CULTURAL AMBASSADOR”and several National –state awards like "PRATHIBHA PURASKAR by Acharya Nagarjuna University, “NATYAMAYURI , "SAPTHAGIRI BALAPRAVEENA”-for Classicaldanceforms,Music and painting,“PRATHIBHA PALLAVAM”- for Classicaldanceforms,Music and painting,, “NTR MEMORIAL ‘TELUGU MAHILA AWARD’, “KALA SRAVANTHI”- for Classicaldance,Music and painting,“GIFTED CHILD” “QUALITY KID” “NATYA KALAMAI”, “Award and Cultural Talent Search Scholarship”,’’Natya Rani”,Yuva KalaRatna’ ,UGADHI PURASKARAM from Honble CM Sri NaraChandrababu naidu, Govt of Andhrapradesh, NrityaSiromani, KalaBhushan etc, BEST WOMEN ACHIEVER 2018 BY STATE GOVT OF AP etc,.. Few memorable Performances to her credit are performing at Chennai music academy, Saraswathi Gana Sabha,Chowmohalla palace-Hyderabad, Auroville-Pondicherry, Mt.Abu-OmSanthi, Chowdaiah memorial hall-Natyaveda dance festival, Kuwait, Turkmenistan Ekamra Dance festival-Odisha, SVBC NAda Neerajanam- telecasted liveworldwide, IIIT&ISB-Hyderabad, D.D Saptagiri ,Tiruvaiyaru, Tanjavur dt, NCPA, Mumbai, Tirumala, Tirupati, Kalahasti ,Kanipakam, ISCKON etc. And  from 1996 onwards, she gave Kuchipudi performance -3 times for Srivari Brahmotsavams and 21 times for Padmavathi Karthika Brahmotsavams to her most auspicious credit in consecutive 21years till 2017 organized by T.T.D-Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam. She has started a campaign named“” KUCHIPUDI-MY LIFE  “-an initiative  started in 2010 to empower girlchild-children of all BPL families,orphans,underprivileged and downtrodden communities via ‘BHARATIYA SAMSKRITI’, wherein she teaches CLASSICAL DANCE FORM OF INDIA-KUCHIPUDI as major along with music,painting and social studies ,i.e Art education and  social education is being taught for free of cost.Since 2010  students of this initiative won many prizes,awards from city level to state and to National level receiving the president award to our credit till date.Apart from many prizes, performances across the telugu states,One of her student Santi Priya bagged state award- ‘Bala Ratna’ and President award ‘Bala Sri’  in two years consecutively ,a fruitful journey hardearned from six plus years of hardwork,dedication,struggle,pain,love in nurturing the kids through this initiative. (For more details  http://achutamanasa.in/teachings.htm) .A Software Engineer by education, she is highly committed to the classical art-forms of INDIA and an energetic silent social and cultural innovator.. She also released “KUCHIPUDI NRITYABHINAYA VEDAM-MOKSHA MARGAM” DVDS(vol1 &2) for sharing art to the posterity and also for helping the children Of KUCHIPUDI-MYLIFE initiative ,for their art and social education with the profits earned through this DVDs.It was released by H.H Sri Chinna Jeeyar swamiji, H.H Sri Viswam ji, Sri Ganta Srinivasarao and Padmasri K.Viswanath in 2015 in both the telugu states with a roaring success. First time ever in the history of classical dance, performed“ Temple Ritual Dance-Prekhini Natyam” solo recital (simhanandini, mayurakavthavm, mahalakshmi udbhavam- Dancer paints a picture though footwork) in 2015 at kalabharati, vizag and is hounoured and felicitated by Minister for education Sri Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Minister for HR and Culture Sri Palle Raghunath Reddy. She was invited by the embassy and Govt of Turkmenistan to represent INDIA and to perform KUCHIPUDI as part of 70 years of freedom celebrations, 2017sponsored by MOC, FOI, Gov of India. She presented her 90 mins thematic presentation 'swetcha bharat ' in Kuchipudi with team of 14 live orchestra and had standing ovation all over Turkmenistan. It was a proud and soul stirring moment when every one irrespective of thier nation said aloud VANDEMATARAM while performing along with the team. The embassy and Govt of Turkmenistan declared that ‘SHE IS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE KUCHIPUDI AT TURKMENISTAN’  in the history of both the nations and had evoked people of Turkmenistan to rich cultural heritage of INDIA. She recently established Natyakalpa collaborating with various other reputed artists of varied art forms-classical dance forms and Fine arts of India to perform unique presentations at prestigious festivals. Achutamanasa’s Natyakalpa Ensemble presented PANCHATATVA at International Partnership Summit-2018 and at Lepakshi festival 2018 with a huge applaud. After two and half decades of experience she now started Achutamanasa’s “KUCHIPUDINATYA KALAKSHETRA”- TEMPLE OF NATYAYOGAM for all the aspirants of KUCHIPUDI, all classical dances of India and fine arts of INDIA.

 

Achutamanasa always says

“Kuchipudi is my passion-devotion,my breath and my life! It only ends up when my life ceases”.

She also emphatically declares

“I strongly believe and strictly follow a lifecycle indulged with the noble principles, like learn, share, discuss, explore ,experience and just enjoy each and every moment of life”.

She further says“While whatever activity I am in, I strongly believe in purity, transparency, clarity, focus, hard work, patience, time, dedication, self-discipline, love and her own self, which are essential traits for the true success of an individual”.

 

 

Ingenuously and eagerly she says --- 

In one single life,would like to explore as much as I can, 
          I have no hobbies, rather I consider them to be my passions”

Her quest for knowledge,passion for fine arts, made her explore,learn various art forms of India .She being versatile genious explored not only just Kuchipudi but also many other art forms of India.   The unique part is that she is one of the rarest artist who is trained in five classical Dance Forms of India,namely Kuchipudi”,“Bharathanatyam”Kathak”Temple Ritual dance called Prenkini Natyam(dancer paints a picture using rangoli with footwork) –Simhanandhini,Mayurakauthvam,Sri Lakshmi Udbhavam, and ”Mohiniyattam”. She is practitioner of all the artforms she has been pursuing since childhood,amongst which KUCHIPUDI is her major since she believes in preserving ones own art form by onesself protects all the art forms of INDIA on a whole.

She being versatile artist-humanbeing explored and experiencing divinity of art in every fine arts.            

She is trained in Bharathanatyam” (Pandhallur) under the guidance of Guru Dr. Devendra Pillai. Head of the Dance Department, S.V.Dance and Music College, Tirupathi.

She is trained in “Bharathanatyam” (Pandhallur) under the guidance of Guru Dr. Devendra Pillai. Head of the Dance Department, S.V.Dance and Music College, Tirupathi.

She is trained in “Kathak” (Lucknow Gharana) under Guru Pandit Anju Babu, Kathak exponent, Kathak Kalakshetra, Hyderabad.

She is also trained in Temple Ritual dances- Devalaya Aaradhana Nrityas-Prenkini Natyam, in which the dancer forms the pictures of LION - a Vaahana of Goddess Kali, Peacock - a Vaahana of Kumaraswamy, LOTUS - a symbol of Goddess Laxmidevi, with footwork called “Simhanandini, Mayura Kauthvam and Mahalaxmi Udbhavam “dances respectively, under GURU Smt.Voleti Rangamani-the daughter of legendary C.R.Acharya the originator of this artform.

She is also learning “Mohiniyattam” as part of Cultural exchange programme with Dr.Mythili Anoop-Mohiniyattam exponent,Sharing Kuchipudi to her in return.

She learnt “Carnatic Vocal”, “Light Music” in the directions of Sri M.S. Bala Subramanyam for few years,now pursuing under Sri N.C.H. Butchacharyulu.

She is a prodigious“Painter",Paintings link

especially in Stumping,oil paintings and M.S. Paint. (Which is done on a computer monitor with the help of mouse.). As a child prodigy, she learnt Janapada Arts (Rural Arts) in her schooling itself. To her credit, she won several championships in sports and games like tennikoit and shuttle badminton in her school days. She has expertise in choreography which she had started at the age of 12.She had choreographed several solo and Group songs from spiritual to secular like Annamaya keerthanas,Thillanas(one jugalbandhi with Kuchipudi,Kathak and Bharatanatyam), Taranagams etc., to Vande mataram,Jana gana mana etc., till date.She performs over 108 annamaya keerthanas  apart from traditional songs of kuchipudi.She has a penchant for photography also Photography link