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Vakkala Ramakrishna

Artist Name: Sri Vakkala Ramakrishna
Place: Warangal
School: Ramakrishna Dance Academy Society, "School of Kuchipudi Art"
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Email : ramakrishna.warangal@gmail.com
Phone : (91) 9704866232, 9989917967

H.No: 25-08-657/4,  Bhavani Nagar, 
Diesel Colony, Kazipet, 
Warangal - 506003

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About Mr. Vakkala Rama Krishna, a Ph.D Dance Scholar………
His dance Gurus:
  • Prof. J. Anuradha garu
  • Smt. K. Padmaja garu
  • Sri Vaskula Harisankar garu
He is a Performer, Choreographer, Trainer, Nattuvanar and Dance Director. He was born in Kazipet, Warangal. His father Sri Iylaiah Garu, Ex-employee in Diesel Loco Shed Kazipet South Central Railway and Mother Smt. Yadamma Garu. He made his debut from a tender age in Kuchipudi Dance under the guidance of Sri Vaskula Harishankar garu. He started as a solo dancer at the age of 9 and thereafter continued to perform at various stages at State and National level. Dance has become an integral part of his life. He has excellent command over technique and Abhinaya. Dedication and sincerity has been the salient qualities of this gifted dancer. People say he is excellent in expressions, body movements and footwork.

His desire towards Kuchipudi made him to complete his certificate course & Diploma under the guidance of Smt. Kuppa Padmaja garu from Vidhyaranya Govt. Music & Dance College, Warangal and came out with Distinction. He simultaneously completed his Bachelor Degree in Commerce (B. Com) at Kakatiya University Arts and Science College, Hanamkonda, Warangal. While pursuing B. Com he attended National and South Zone Inter University Youth Festivals from Kakatiya University conducted by All Indian Universities (AIU) at Kuruksetra University, Kuruksetra and Sri Vishveshwarayya Institute of Technology, Banglore and he won Gold Medals. For this achievement Kakatiya University Vice Chancellor Prof. V. Gopal Reddy garu felicitated him for his excellence. After his bachelor degree he had done MPA-Dance (Masters of Performing Arts) Kuchipudi at Hyderabad Central University under the guidance of Guru Prof. Jonnalagadda Anuradha garu and came out with ‘distinction’ and GOLD-MEDAL. 

After his Masters he appointed as Lecturer/Trainer in Kuchipudi Dance at RGUKT AP IIIT (Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Andhra Pradesh Indian Institute of Information Technology) Nuzvid at B. Tech. level in the Department of Dance in the year 2011. He has been trained nearly 750 B. Tech. students Kuchipudi dance (practical as well as theory) for the purpose of Kuchipudi Minor Degree offered by the University.

University Grant Commission has been selected him for Junior Research Fellowship in Dance (JRF) to do Ph. D. Dance at Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad and also qualified UGC-NET eligibility for Assistant Professor in Dance. So he resigned his service to Dance Faculty from RGUKT AP IIIT. He gave his service up to March 2014 (two and half years). Currently Pursuing Ph. D. Dance under the supervision of Dr. M. S. Siva Raju Garu, Professor, Dance Department, SN School, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad. Mr. V. Ramakrishna has been performing extensively in prestigious dance festivals throughout India since the year 2000.

A highly talented and appreciated dance professional, Mr. V. Rama Krishna has won many accolades, Gold medals,   in numerous classical dance competitions. He has played all major male roles such as Vishnu, Krishna, Siva, Daksha, Indra, Janaka, Karna, Boddist Monk, Haalahala etc, in several ballets of Dr. Vempati Master, Sri. Vedantam, Sri. Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastry, Prof. J. Anuradha, Smt. Manjubhargavi and others Dance Dramas. The most famous being that of Vishnu in Srikrishna Leela vilasam, Krishna in Bhamakalapam, Siva in Siva Natya Villasam Ballets as such. His devoted practice and understanding of the essence of Kuchipudi has made him an exceptional dancer, teacher and outstanding choreographer. Rama Krishna continues to display his dedication to Kuchipudi Dance by participating in choreography and performances and teaching this classical art to this generation and next generations. His Choreographies like Gurajaada’s Poetry – “Putthadi Bomma Poornamma”, Kuchipudi Dance Ballet - “Mahishaasuramardhani”, Bankimchattopadhyaya’s Poetry -  “Vandemataram”, Tyagaraja keerthanas, Bhadrachala Ramadasu keerthanas, Tarangams, Thillanas, etc.

Rama Krishna established (registered No.273/2011) his dance school, Rama Krishna Dance Academy Society, ‘School of Kuchipudi Art’, in Kazipet to keep the Indian culture alive through these dance forms. He uses dance as a medium of expression to raise cultural awareness in the community. He has the unique talent to bring out the best in all his students. His students have taken part and won in prestigious dance competitions. Many of his students have graduated (after 4 to 6 years of training) and continued advanced training.

Medals, awards received:
  • Doordarshan Kendra ‘A’- Grade Artist in Kuchipudi Dance.
  • UGC has been selected and awarded Junior Research Fellowship for Ph. D. Dance at Hyderabad Central University.
  • Qualified UGC-NET eligibility for Assistant Professor in Dance.
  • Gold Medals in MPA-Dance (Kuchipudi) as I was topper in M. A. Kuchipudi in HCU. Received
    • “Nataraja Rama krishna Sharada Devi Medal”
    • “University Gold Medal” from Hyderabad Central University by Andhra Pradesh Governor Shri E. L. N. Narasimhan garu on 1st October 2011, XIII Convocation of University of Hyderabad.
  • Silver Medal in Inter University South Zone Youth Festival held at Vishweshwarayya Institute of Technology & Science, Bangalore November 2005 received by Karnataka State Governor Mr. T. N. Chaturvedi garu.
  • Bronze Medal in Inter University National Youth Festivals held at Kurukshetra University, Haryana January 2006.
  • Received Young Artist Award “Prashamsa Patramby Warangal District Collector   Mr. Rahul Bojja on 26th January 2011.
  • Performed in the opening ceremony of XIX COMMON WEALTH GAMES Delhi 2010 at J.L.N.Stadium on 03rd October 2010.
  • Performed and received Best Performance Award “Prashamsa Patramin Kakatiya Utsavalu -Mugimpu Vedukalu’ 21, 22, & 23 December 2012-13 by Warangal District Collector Mr. Kishan garu. 
  • University of Hyderabad Achiever’s Award, May 2010.
  • Received University of Hyderabad Achiever’s Award by Ex. President of India Dr. A .P .J. Abdul Kalam garu on September 2009.
  • Received University of Hyderabad Achiever’s Award by Governor of Reserve Bank of India Dr. Y. V. Reddy garu on March 2009.

  • Received Gold Medal in M.A. Kuchipudi Dance (Nataraja Rama Krishna Sharada Devi Medal) from Hyderabad Central University by Andhra Pradesh Governor Mr. Narasimhan garu on 1st Oct 2011, XIII Convocation of UOH.
  • Performed in the opening ceremony of DELHI 2010 “XIX COMMON WEALTH GAMES” at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi on 03rd October 2010.
  • Received   “YOUNG ARTIST AWARD” (Prashamsa Patram) by Warangal District    Collector Sri Bojja Rahul garu.
  • Received University Achiever’s Award (Rs.5000 cash award) by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam garu Our Ex. President of India.
  • Received an award by Sri T. N. Chaturvedi garu Governor of Karnataka State, in the Inter University South Zone Youth Festival held at Vishweshwarayya Institute of Technology & Science, Bangalore.