Chandralekha Ratheesh recognized dancer among the young Kuchipudi dancers
Chandralekha Ratheesh is a prominent and recognized dancer among the young Kuchipudi dancers in India. She is the disciple of the renowned Kuchipudi dancers and gurus, Kalaimamani Sri. Madhava Peddhi Murthy & Smt. Anupama Mohan, both of who are senior disciples of the Kuchipudi legend, Padmabushan awarded Dr. Vempatti Chinna Satyam. She is one among the few dancers in India and one of the first dancers from Kerala to have received the National Senior Scholarship for Kuchipudi, issued by the Govt. of India to exceptionally talented young dancers.
She started learning dance at a tender age of 4 and has undergone training under the exponents, Smt. Saraswathi Vijayan and Smt. Sridevi Rajan for Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam, respectively. She has also learned Kuchipudi from Kalamandalam Shegind, prior to joining Smt. Anupama Mohan. Chandralekha has been a favourite among the dance connoisseurs and rasikas for her amazing grace that she exude in her performances and for her skill in both techniques and emotions of dance.
• Received “Nritya Siromani” title at 5th International Cuttack Mahotsav, Odisha
• Chandralekha has received National scholarship for Kuchipudi dance, given by the govt. of India for young artists in the year 2002.
• Graded artist for Kuchipudi in Chennai Doordarshan
• Received “Natya Kousthubham” title from Sathyaanjali academy of Kuchipudi Dance, for excellence in Kuchipudi 2006
• Received A-grade for Kuchipudi in M.G. University Youth Festival
• Received Best Actress Award in the M.G. University Drama Festival and Drama Festivals at school level.
• She has received appreciations by dance critics and exponents like Sunil Kothari, Padmashree awardees Sri. Sunil Kothari, Sri. Jayarama Rao, Sangeeta Nataka Awardee Geetanjali Lal for her choreographic and dancing skills.
She has been fortunate enough to perform in many solo performances and along with her gurus. Some of them are
• Chennai, “Sivaranjani” Siva Foundation, Solo Kuchipudi, February 2014
• Bhubaneshwar- “Kharavela National Festival”, February 2014 along with Guru.
• Chennai, “Mamallapuram Festival”, January 2014 along with Guru.
• Chennai, “Mylapore Festival”, January 2014 along with Guru.
• Cuttack, Orissa- “International Cuttack Mahotsav” January 2014, Solo Kuchipudi
• Mangalore, with Manju Bargavi and group, December 2013
• Ernakulam, “Kalyana Krishna Foundation” dance and music festival, 2013
• New Delhi, India Habitat Center for “Yuva KalaParva” 2013 solo Kuchipudi recital.
• Mumbai, “National Center for Performing Arts(NCPA)”, Solo Kuchipudi recital July 2013. Performed on theme- “Sri Krishna Haaram”, a collage of items portraying three women in lord Krishna’s life.
• Trivandrum, “Kalabharati National Young Dance Fest 2013”- Solo Kuchipudi recital.
• Thrissur, Navaneetham Cultural Trust- “Nrityam 2013” – Solo Kuchipudi recital
• Solo Kuchipudi recital at Navaratri dance festival organized by Ernakulam Karayogam September, 2006
• Solo Kuchipudi recital at Kollur Sri Mookambika temple, October 2009
• “Bharathotosav”- Kochi- Solo Kuchipudi recital
• Solo performance in Dance and Music festival organized by Kaladarpana, a leading art magazine in Kerala
• Vishakapattanam, Vaishaki Nrityotsav- Sri Krishna Parijatham and Nava Ramayanam 2012
• Vishakapattanam, Spirit of Unity Concert- Kuchipudi recital
• Hyderabad, Ravindrabharathi, Kuchipudi dance ballet- Sri Krishna Parijatham, organized by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
• Tanjavur, Brahan Natyanjali dance festival at Tanjavur Big temple
• Chennai, Dasyam Margazhi Festival in Chennai- organized by Gopika Varma
• Chennai, Mahalingapuram Ayyapan Kovil, during Margazhi.
• Dance festivals organized by Akhila Bharatha Kuchipudi Natya Kala Mandali in Kuchipudi village.
• Dance festivals in Vijayawada, Gudiwada, Voyyuru, Elooru
• National dance festival organized by Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Akademy,
• Swati Festival organized by Kerala Fine Arts Society
• She was also fortunate to perform in front of the legend of Kuchipudi dance, her guru’s much respected guru, Padmabushan awardee Dr. Vempatti Chinna Sathyam, on his 75th birthday celebrations at Hyderabad.
• Delhi Malayali Association program
• Performed for Bala Sai Baba’s birthday at Kurnool.
• Program organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kochi.
Chandralekha has performed the role of Sri Krishna and Rukmini the Kuchipudi Dance Ballet “Sri Krishna Parijatham” by Sathyaanjali Academy of Kuchipudi dance. She has also performed in the ballet Nava Durga, choreographed by Kuchipudi Art Academy(Late. Dr. Vempati Chinna Sathyam). She has performed the roles of Apsara, Shailaputhri and Mahagauri in that ballet for which she won the laurels of many connoisseurs. She has also assisted her gurus in many Kuchipudi dance workshops including Mudra Festivals organized by Govt. of Kerala.
Though Chandralekha hails from Kerala, it was the classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh that she took to heart. Chandralekha runs an institute, Shakthi School of Kuchipudi Dance where traditional Kuchipudi is trained in its pure form. Through Shakthi she intends to generate inclination in the younger generation towards Indian classical art forms. She is committed to promote the much beautiful classical dance- Kuchipudi which is still in its evolving state.