Padma Shree
Guru Jayarama Rao & Vanashree Rao

Performed Kuchipudi with their students at Debadhara - 2015, India Habitat Centre

Kuchipudi maestro Guru Jayarama Rao and Vanashree Rao, one of the most celebrated couple of this art form, have dedicated their lives to the study and practice of Kuchipudi dance. Their duet performances are a striking example of perfection in synchronization and homogeneity in presentation of this rare form of art. Jayarama Rao was trained in the Kuchipudi Village under Late Sri Chinta Krishna Murthy, Sri P.V.G.K. Sarma, and later under Dr. Padmabhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam in Chennai. Vanashree first learnt under Guru Krishna Kumar, then Guru Jayarama Rao, and later in Chennai under Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. She also learnt some special abhinaya pieces under Guru Padmashree Nataraja Ramakrishna, under the Sangeet Natak Akademi grant.

Padmasree to Guru Jayarama Rao, awarded in 2004

As outstanding artists of the ICCR, they have performed in almost all major National and International Festivals and in over 60 countries, including USA, Europe, Latin America, Japan, Portugal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji etc. International Ocean Festival, Mauritius, Int. Jerash Festival, Syria, Adelaide Festival, Australia, Delhi Days in Moscow, Delhi Govt, Cervantino Festival, Mexico, Sanskriti Festival London, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Bangkok visit in 2004, for the celebration of 50 years of Panchsheel Agreement, are to name a few. They have performed in almost every India Festival all over the globe ranging from California, Malaysia, Brazil, and Canada to Mauritius.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award to both

Major famous Festivals, Khajuraho, Konark, Ajanta Ellora, elephanta Festival, Ananya Festival, Purana Quila, Qutab Festival, SNA Dance Festivals,Living Legends Festival, Delhi, Kalidasa Festival,Nagpur and Ujjain, Uday Shankar Festival, Delhi,Kalakshetra Chennai,to name a few.they have toured whole of India for lecture Demonstrations for Spic Macay. Sri Jayarama Rao as a Guru has trained innumerable students who are acclaimed artists to day, Meenakhshi Sesadri, Vanashree Rao, Arunima Kumar, Meenu Thakur, Payal Ramchandani, Reddi Lakshmi, to name a few.

Natya Ratna, in 2005

They have been honoured with many awards, including the SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI AWARD, the Delhi State Award, and the Andhra Pradesh Samman, Sri Rao was awarded PADMASREE in 2004 by the President of India and was awarded The Title of NATYA RATNA, in February, 2005, by the Sanmukhananda Sabha, Delhi for his contribution towards Kuchipudi Dance.

  • Padmasree to Guru Jayarama Rao, awarded in 2004, by the Hon’able President of India.
  • Honoured by Silicon Andhra in SanFarancisco June 2008 for contribution inpropagating Kuchipudi.
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award , in 1999, by the President of India. to both of them.
  • Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman, Govt. of NCT, Delhi in 1996, by the Lt. Governor of Delhi. to both of them.
  • Indira Priyadarshini award , 2003. both awarded.
  • IEDARA , Lifetime achievement award, 2003. ( International Economic Development and Research Association) both awarded.
  • Natyaratna award,in 2005, by Sanmukhananda Sabha. to Guru Jayarama Rao.
  • Citizenship award by the Mayor of Tampa, USA.1991.both awarded.
  • Citation of Excellence from the Cervantino Festival, Mexico , in 1991. both awarded.
  • Andhra Pradesh Samman, by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, by the Resident Commissioner, A.P. Bhavan, New Delhi, 2000. both awarded.
  • Honoured by Delhi Telugu Akademi, 2000. both awarded.













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