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Dancing to the moves

Securing a diploma in Kuchipudi did not satiate Bhavana's creative urge. She is looking forward to achieving much more than this, says P. Sujatha Varma


SHE IS basically a Kuchipudi dancer but recently discovered about her new-found love. As recent as June 16 when ravishing beauties and dashing gentlemen descended on the city from all corners of the country to take on each other for a battle of wits on the square board.

P Bhavana, 21, a native of Vidyadharapuram in Vijayawada had little inkling that she would ever find herself evincing interest in a serious game like chess.

Equipped with a six-year diploma course in Kuchipudi from the Music and Dance College at Satyanarayana under the graceful guidance of renowned danseus, Lanka Annapurna Devi, Bhavana at the moment, is working as a clerk in the office set up by the Andhra Pradesh Chess Association at Chenupati Ramakotaiah Indoor Stadium, the venue for the 42nd National `B' Chess Championship.

The battle of wits which commenced on June 16 and will continue till June 28, has the girl completely floored.

On the academic front, Bhavana has completed B.Sc and is all set for the next step, ie M.Sc. ''The atmosphere here is light and friendly. The occasion has given me an opportunity to meet people from various walks of life. Interestingly, I developed interest in the game before I could realise it.

Dancing and listening to light music is something she revels in while chatting, both with friends and on the net, is her favourite passtime. She is in awe of Annapurna Devi who inspired her to take up dancing seriously. Referring to Sudha (Mayuri) Chandran of the `Naache Mayuri' fame, she says not many people know that Annapurna Devi had also lost one of her limbs in a ghastly road mishap but her steely grit and sheer perseverance prompted her to continue dancing.

But what attracted her to Kuchipudi ? ''Unlike in other classical dance forms, in Kuchipudi, the lip movement is in perfect sync with the graceful movements of the body which adds to the splendour of Kuchipudi,'' she explains in a matter-of-fact way.

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