‘Balakka: Dancing with Tradition’ is a documentary based on the renowned Kuchipudi guru Bala Kondala Rao from the city. Directed and Produced by Dulam Satyanarayana, who previously created the documentary ‘I Am Satyabhama’, he met Bala Kondala Rao during the screening of the same.
Balakka, a feature length documentary, explores the art of Kuchipudi: a South Indian classical dance tradition which is transforming in the global era, with women now taking a leading role. Her story sheds new light on the relevance of dance tradition in the modern world, as well as the important role that women are playing in the preservation of Indian art and culture.
As part of the UNESCO Dance Festival being put together by the Visakha Art and Dance Association, the documentary is being screened on 28 April at Kalabharathi Auditorium. With Chief Guest Ayyana Patrudu – Minister for Roads, Buildings & Ports, and Gnanaveni Kunche – District Tourism Officer, Surapaneni Vijaya Kumar – MD of Vijaya Nirman Company Pvt. Ltd. and Dr Bitra Sreedhar – Central Council Member, Dental Association as the Honorable Guests, the event will see artistes from Delhi and Kerala too.
Showcasing various dance forms like Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak and Kathakali on the occasion of World Dance Day, the event set across three days (i.e 28, 29, 30 April) is expected to attract all the classical dance enthusiasts from the city, not to mention the renowned names from the classical dance industry.
What: ‘Balakka: Dancing with Tradition’ documentary screening
When: 28 April, 2017
Where: Kalabharathi Auditorium
Timings: 6 PM onwards