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Dr.Yashoda Thakore

choreographer, Kuchipudi dancer

Dr.Yashoda Thakore
   Biography
"Life, death, sorrow, love, hate, peace, anger...to me, dance is the language of the soul. It is the telling of the truth" says Yashoda Thakore

'Dedicated, accomplished, versatile dancer both in Kuchipidi and Vilasini Natyam - the dance of the devadasis'.

To Yashoda, dance is life Itself. Fourteen years of intensive training at the prestigious Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad gave her the firm footing that an artiste needs. Under the expert tutelage of Guru Smt. Sobha Naidu, Yashoda blossomed into an expressive, surefooted and confident performer. 
Renowned dance gurus Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and his disciple Smt. Bala Kondala Rao took her through the finest nuances, honing her into a consummate dancer. A Master's Degree in Classical Dance from the University of Hyderabad not only prepared her to take on a teacher's role, but imparted a distinctive sophistication to her art. 

Dr.Yashoda Thakore is founder and teacher at the Rinda Saranya Kuchipudi Dance Academy since 1997. She is also a guest Faculty at the Department of Dance, University of Hyderabad, to teach the nuances of the theory of Indian Classical Dance to the students of Masters Course in Dance-August  to December, 2006 and January to April,2009.

Yashoda Thakore has choreographed Kuchipudi dance dramas such as Sri Andal, Paripoorna Ganga in 2002, Sri MahaGanapati,Gopika Geetam in 2003, Galagala Godavari in 2005, Meghadootam in 2006, Setu Bandhanam in 2008 and even a number of solo items.

Yashoda Thakore earned a Doctoral degree for a thesis on 'The Interrelationship Between Yoga and Indian Classical Dance with Special emphasis on Kuchipudi' after an intensive research of six years, to the Department of Dance, University of Hyderabad in 2007. While completing her education she also assisted in manuscript research work under the aegis of National Manuscript mission, Govt. of India 2005 to 2007.She submitted research paper on 'Temple Songs of The Andhra Temple Dancers' to the Sangeet Natak Akademi,New Delhi in 2008. She is a Co-author of the Translation of Nritta Ratnavali, a 13th Century Sanskrit Text to English with Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao. She has also a recipient of Senior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Government of India.

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   Career
Role as a Teacher
* Founder and Teacher at the Rinda Saranya Kuchipudi Dance Academy since 1997.
* Guest Faculty at the Department of Dance, University of Hyderabad, to teach the nuances of the theory of Indian Classical Dance to the students of Masters Course in Dance-August  to December, 2006 and January to April, 2009.
* Guest Faculty for the course of Yoga-Theory and Practice at the Study India Program (SIP), University of Hyderabad.
* Adjunct Faculty, Dance at BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.

Choreographer Kuchipudi dance dramas 
* Sri Andal – 2002
* Paripoorna Ganga - 2002
* Sri MahaGanapati – 2003
* Gopika Geetam – 2003
* Galagala Godavari - 2005
* Meghadootam – 2006
*      Setu Bandhanam – 2008
* A number of solo items

Research Scholar
* Earned a Doctoral degree for a thesis on ‘The Interrelationship Between Yoga and Indian Classical Dance with Special Emphasis on Kuchipudi’ after an intensive research of six years, to the Department of Dance, University of Hyderabad in 2007.
* Assisted in manuscript research work under the aegis of National Manuscript mission, Govt. of India 2005 to 2007
* Submitted research paper on ‘Temple Songs of The Andhra Temple Dancers’ to the Sangeet Natak Akademi,New Delhi in 2008.
* Attended 40 day Residential workshop under the tutelage of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, organized by AP Tourism in 1999.
* A qualified teacher of the theory and practice of Yoga.
* Co-authored the Translation of Nritta Ratnavali, a 13th Century Sanskrit Text to English with Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao.
* Recipient of Senior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Government of India.

National Performances
Kuchipudi Performances:
Yuva Nrityotsav – Trivandrum, 1993
Ghunghroo - Bhopal, 1993
Natyanjali - Chidambaram, 1996
NCPA - Mumbai, 1996
Sri Vaikuntha Ekadasi - Srirangam, 1996
Navraspur - Pattadkal (Karnataka), 1996
Kinkini - Bangalore, 1996
Kal ke Kalakar - Nagpur, 1997
Lucknow Mahotsav - Lucknow, 1997
Lakkundi Utsav - Gadag (Karnataka) , 1998 & 2002
Attolu Eidu - Lakshadweep, 1999
Jhansi Mahotsav - Jhansi, 2002
Ganga Mahotsav - Varanasi, 2002
Mamallauram Festival - Mahabalipuram, 2003
Vedyas Sangeet Nrityotsav - Rourkela, 2003
Kalidas Samaroh - Ujjain, 2004
Nishagandhi - Trivendrum,2005
Bharatotsava - Kerala, 2005
Barak Utsav - Silichar (Assam), 2005
Brihadeeswara Temple - Tanjavur, 2006
Chandipur Golden Beach Festival – Chandipur, 2008
Konark Festival – Konark, 2009
Nila National Festival - Kalamandalam, Kerala, 2009
Krishna Gana Sabha Chennai, Dec’2012
Tyagabrahma Gana Sabha, Dec 2012

Vilasini Natyam Performances:
Ranganath Mandir - Hyderabad, 2006
Toliviniki (First stage performance) - Hyderabad, 2006
Vilasini ‘06 - New Delhi, 2006
Doordarshan Archives - New Delhi, 2006
Vilasini Festival - Chennai, 2007
NCPA – Mumbai, 2007
Mamallapuram Festival – Mahabalipuram, 2008
Mudra Festival – Trivandrum,2008
Nishagandhi -  Kerala, 2010

International Performances
European Telugu Association Convention - Manchester, 1997
The Regent’s College - London, 1997
The Nehru Centre - London, 1997
The Indian High Commission - Dubai, 1997
Sanskrit Theatre Symposium (ICCR) - Dhaka, 1999
International Kuchipudi Dance Convention (Silicon Andhra) – California, 2008
Volos International Festival (ICCR) – Greece, 2009
St. Petersburg, Russia – August, 2012.
St.Petersburg, Russia – September 2013

Lecture Demonstrations
Abhinaya Sudha - Hyderabad, 2006
Silicon Andhra - California, 2008
Mudra Festival – Trivandrum, 2008
Kalamandalam Deemed University -  Kerala, 2009
UGC, SAP Seminar on Spectatorship, University of Hyderabad -  Hyderabad,2010
Conducted 10 day workshop in Kuchipudi at St.Petersburg – Aug 2012
Consulate General of India, St. Petersburg, Russia on 24th August, 2012
Madras Music Academy Dec 2012
Consulate General of India, St. Petersburg, Septem

   Programs

Dr.Yashoda Thakore presents Kuchipudi dance performance

Founder and Teacher at the Rinda Saranya Kuchipudi Dance Academy since 1997. Yashoda choreographer Kuchipudi dance dramas such as Sri Andal, Paripoorna Ganga in 2002, Sri MahaGanapati, Gopika Geetam in 2003, Galagala Godavari in 2005, Meghadootam in 2006, Setu Bandhanam in 2008 and even a number of solo items.

Dr.Yashoda Thakore presents Lecture Demonstration on Kuchipidi and Vilasini

Guest Faculty at the Department of Dance, University of Hyderabad, to teach the nuances of the theory of Indian Classical Dance to the students of Masters Course in Dance-August to December, 2006 and January to April, 2009. About Prg: Co-authored the Translation of Nritta Ratnavali, a 13th Century Sanskrit Text to English with Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao. Dr.Yashoda Thakore and assistants.

Vilasini Natyam - the dance of the devadasis by Dr.Yashoda Thakore with accompanists

Vilasini natyam is a female-specific dance of Andhra Pradesh. Dr Yashoda Thakore has given many performances of Vilasini Natyam in India and abroad.
   Awards & Achievements
Scholarship – HRD, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
Recipient of Senior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Government of India.



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