Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam, Siddhendra Yogi that we have seen in our age and time, reached Lord Nataraja. Kuchipudi and Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam mean the same for many generations. He dedicated his entire life to the divine art form of Kuchipudi.
There is only way that his disciples, students and extended dance family can do, if any, to even partly repay what the Divine Master has given to them, or to pay respects to their Guru- By continuing his work and spreading the divine message through their dance, their teachings, and most importantly Master's principles.
A Note From Pranamya-
Today, on July 29th 2012, the earth stood still for a minute
Our heavy hearts and our silent thoughts linger in the stillness
Our tears wash his feet
As His great soul reunites with Lord Nataraja, for He is a manifestation of the Lord Himself
Blessed are those who have lived a minute of their lives in his divine presence
Privilaged are those who have touched his feet once
Fortunate are those who have danced his choreography
We are all worried ..not whether or not Kuchipudi will survive…but about the way it will survive
Many wonder if this is the end of an era
There was only one Master Garu.. even for those of us who have never learned under him
But for all the younger students, let this remind us all about the importance of unity that Master Garu has created amongst hundreds and thousands of students and art lovers all over the world
Let us try to live up to atleast a fraction of that spirit that he has envisioned
Let us try to put more emphasis on the value of the art, and its divinity
He is a legend not just because of only his art, his incredible vision, or service to Kuchipudi. He was an unselfish, simple man, who redefined what a “Guru” is and guided so many of the stalwards of Kuchipudi.
He will always remain in our hearts, be the pillar of strength, the divine grace, and a source of strength, courage and steadfastness in values, when we all face the legacy he has left us with.
Pranamya Suri- Kuchipudi Dancer
Tribute- Center For Kuchipudi Dance- NJ
Deccan Chronicle Report
Times Of India Report
The Hindu- A Constant Innovator, he took Kuchipudi across the World
Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam
Kuchipudi Art Academy