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Usha Goteti

Artist Name:Usha Goteti
Place: Hyderabad

Phone : 91-7730970009

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Smt. Usha Goteti is a senior disciple of Padmashri Dr. Shobha Naidu. She has been learning dance since the age of 4. She acted in the lead role as a dancer in a movie called “Ayyappa Swamy Mahatyam”.  She gave over 150 Kuchipudi (solo and group) performances, many of them with Dr. Shobha Naidu. She is a teacher and choreographer as well. One of her students, Sahithi has received CCRT national dance scholarship.

Gurus/Dance Training
Usha started her dance training with Smt. Vempati Nageswari at the age of 4. Even at this early age she gave several solo performances. She continued her training from age 7 with Natyacharya Hemadri Chidambara Dikshitulu who wrote a book on Kuchipudi called “Kalasagaram” in 1989. He was so impressed with Usha that he featured her in his book in Rajahmundry. During this time, film director K. Vasu saw her performance in a dance competition and offered her the lead dancer role in the popular Telugu devotional movie “Ayyappa Swamy Mahatyam”.

When her family moved to Hyderabad, she became the disciple of the legendary dancer Dr. Shobha Naidu. She was associated with Dr. Shobha Naidu for over 15 years and completed the course of study “Natya Visarada” at Kuchipudi Art Academy. As a senior disciple of Dr. Naidu, Usha taught for several years at Kuchipudi Art Academy and gave several performances with her. 

Usha acted in the lead role in “Puttadi Bomma Purnamma”, a dance ballet composed by Dr. Shobha Naidu. It is based on a very famous play written by Telugu literature’s greatest playwright and social reformer Gurazada Apparao. 

Usha received critical acclaim when she performed the role of Narada along with Dr. Naidu in Sri Krishna Parijatam. She acted as Sita alongside Dr. Shobha Naidu in Jagadanandakaraka, which is an ingenious portrayal of epic Ramayana in Kuchipudi style.

Usha performed on SVBC channel in “Nada Neerajanam” series. She also performed major dance festivals at Konark and Khajuraho.

In the Media
·       Ayyappa Swamy Mahatyam Movie
·       “Recreating Mythology on Stage” – The Hindu June 18th 1999
·       “Usha Enthralls” – Deccan Chronicle, Feb 19th, 1999
·       Eenadu – August 18th 2002

1.    First prize in 1992, 1993 and Second Prize in 1988 in YMCA All India dance competitions conducted by Navya Nataka Samiti.
2.    Won prestigious CCRT Dance scholarship from Govt. of India from 1987 to 2000.
3.    Received a title “Natya Bala” from Kala Sravanthi of Rajahmundry when she was 8 years .
4.    Won First prize for 5 consecutive years in Kala Sravanthi Competitions held at Rajahmundry.

Usha taught for several years at Dr. Shobha Naidu’s Kuchipudi Art Academy in Hyderabad. Later she founded “Abhinaya Kuchipudi Art Academy” in Nallakunta, Hyderabad. One of her students, K. Sahithi also received the prestigious CCRT Dance Scholarship from Govt. Of India. Many of her students performed at “Silicon Andhra” the International Kuchipudi Convention in 2014. The academy now runs in Gachibowli, Hyderabad.