About Payal

Payal is a Kuchipudi dancer and choreographer…

her training began at the tender age of four in 1992 in Delhi with celebrated dancers and Gurus Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. There after she trained with revered Gurus Jayarama Rao & Vanashree Rao. Payal is now under the impeccable guidance of committed Gurus Jaikishore & Padmavani Mosalikanti in Chennai.

Her training under these exponents has provided for a strong foundation…

that has helped her evolve as a dancer with her own unique vocabulary. Over years of unstinted effort, her dance has attained both maturity and depth. On the insistence of her then Gurus Raja &Radha Reddy, Payal gave her Rangapravesham(first full-fledged solo performance) at the age of nine in 1997 and was then the youngest dancer to do so. Since then Payal has been performing regularly as a soloist and also as part of her Gurus’ troupe.

Payal has performed extensively both in India and abroad…

at major national and International festivals, conferences and has also raised funds for charity. She has toured several countries with the aim of propagating Kuchipudi. Most recently she performed and conducted workshops in Netherlands, Germany, United Arab Emirates,Mauritius, Canada and United Kingdom.

She also promotes Kuchipudi amongst the youth…

through lecture demonstrations and workshops in both rural and urban areas. She is also closely associated with SPIC MACAY for spreading awareness about the art form across schools and colleges in India.

Payal is an empaneled artist with ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations) and a graded artist with Doordarshan. Payal has been awarded the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini award for her contribution to the field of Kuchipudi and has also been given the title of ‘Nrityashree’ by Pracheen Kala Kendra for excellence in dance.

An emerging choreographer, Payal’screative work strikes a fine balance…

between tradition and modernity. She enjoys working with undiscovered and untouched concepts ideating them in unique ways so as to make them comprehensible to all.Innovative yet immersed in the Kuchipudi style, her choreographies have drawn both appreciation and applause, putting forth her understanding of the form.

Payal started Mrija Dance Studio in the United Kingdom, which is her initiative to continue to promote Kuchipudi amongst all nationalities and age groups and bring to the fore the beauty of this dance form through the medium of regular classes, workshops and performances.