Legendary Kuchipudi danseuse and teacher Padmashri Shobha Naidu passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad. The 64-year-old who mastered the art as a fondest disciple of Kuchipudi Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam has been undergoing treatment from the past few days and succumbed to the ailment on the wee hours of Wednesday.
Shobha Naidu was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2001. In 1991 she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi award and before that, she was awarded the title of ‘Nritya Choodamani’ by the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha of Madras. She also served as the Principal for the 40-year-old Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad.
Shobha Naidu holds the record of choreographing eighty solo numbers, fifteen ballets, and training over 1,500 students from India and overseas. Some of her best roles are her portraits of Padmavathi, Sathyabhama and Chandalika.
She is survived by husband a retired IAS officer Arjun Rao and daughter Sai Shivaranjani and many disciples across the globe. It’s a colossal loss to the world of Kuchipudi.