Kuchipudi exponent Shobha Naidu passes away

Kuchipudi dancer Shobha Naidu's stage performance

Veteran Kuchipudi dancer Shobha Naidu breathed her last while undergoing treatment for her neurological ailment in a private hospital the city today.


Shobha Naidu is the world-renowned traditional Kuchipudi dancer known mostly for her solo roles as Satyabhama, Padmavathi and Chandalika. She choreographed over 80 solo numbers and 15 ballets in her life span.

Born in 1956 in Ankapalli of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, Shobha Naidu was a favourite student of legendary Kuchipudi dancer Vempati Chinna Satyam. Trained by him, Shobha Naidu visited several countries giving performances.

The Government of India has honoured her with Padma Sri in 2001, and Sangeeth Natak Academy award in 1991. She established Kuchipudi Arts Academy in Hyderabad and trained over 1500 students in the Kuchipudi.

Condolences poured in since morning with Chief Ministers of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chandrasekhar Rao and YS Jaganmohan Reddy, respectively, expressing their grief at her demise.

Chandrasekhar Rao recalled that Shobha Naidu was an outstanding exponent of the Kuchipudi dance form and was especially known for depicting the roles of Satyabhama and Padmavathy. The CM conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family.

YS Jaganmohan Reddy tweeted: Born in Anakapalle, Shobha garu’s graceful performances have won worldwide acclaim. My condolences to the bereaved family members.

Chiranjeevi Konidela tweeted: “Rest in peace”. He also shared an article on her.

Pawan Kalyan tweeted: “If possible … please come back .. Madam!. I Pray Lord Shiva. Om Shanti.