Shobha Naidu

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Shobha Naidu
Born 1956 (age 61–62)
Anakapalle, Andhra Pradesh
Occupation Classical Indian dancer
Awards Padma Shri (2001)

Shobha Naidu is among the foremost Kuchipudi dancers of India and an outstanding disciple of the renowned master Vempati Chinna Satyam. She mastered the technique of Kuchipudi and began dancing lead roles in dance-dramas while still very young. She has performed with her guru's troupe all over the country and abroad, excelling in the roles of Satyabhama and Padmavati. She is also an excellent solo dancer. Principal of Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad, Sobha Naidu has been imparting training to younger students over the past few years.[1] In 2010, the school celebrated the completion of 30 years.[1] She has also choreographed several dance-dramas. She has received the title of Nritya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras.

Early life[edit]

Sobha Naidu was born in Anakapalle, Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh state in 1956.[2] she earned a degree from Queen Mary's college.[3]

Regardless of family oppositions, her mother Sarojini Devi got her tutored under P.L Reddy at Rajamahendravaram. After which she trained under the legendary Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam.[4] she was an outstanding student of vempati.[2]

Awards and Achievements[edit]

With 12 years of rigorous sadhana, some of her best roles are her portraits of Sathyabhama, Padmavathi and Chandalika. She has choreographed 80 solo numbers, 15 ballets, and trained over 1,500 students from India and overseas.[5]

Naidu was admired not just in the country, but all over the world. Organized by the TANA, she traveled across the USA to perform. She also represented India in various cultural events in like U.K, U.S.S.R, Syria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Baghdad, Kampuchea, and Bangkok. On behalf of Indian Government, Naidu led a cultural delegation to West Indies, Mexico, Venezuela, Tunis, Cuba followed by a visit to West Asia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "I explained it when I danced it". Retrieved 25 Aug 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Shobha Naidu Success Story". 29 Jan 2016. Retrieved 25 Aug 2017. 
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  4. ^ "Personalities: Sobha Naidu". Andhra Portal. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 25 Aug 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dancer with a difference". Deccan Herald. 29 Apr 2012. Retrieved 25 Aug 2017. 
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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