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The proponent of the Kuchipudi dance form- V. Satyanarayana Sarma also known as ‘Satyam’ was an Indian classical dancer and a choreographer.
He was born on 9 September 1935 in Andhra Pradesh. He became famous as he portrayed female characters such as Usha (Usha Parinayam), Satyabhama (Bhama Kalapam), Deva Devi (Vipra Narayana), etc.
His elder brother Vedantam Prahalada Sarma trained him in kuchipudi at the age of 5. After a period of time, he got trained under established exponents. He performed for the first time at the age of 14, performing in two melams, Harischandra and Ramanatakam. He got a chance to portray‘Parvati’ in ‘Usha Parinayam’at Sapru House in Delhi which was his first major performance at the age of 19.
He went on to perform as female characters in many melams and has performed in over 10,000 stages.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 1970 for his contributions in the field of Kuchipudi dance.