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Sobha Naidu
Born1956 (1956)
Died14 October 2020(2020-10-14) (aged 63–64)
OccupationClassical Indian dancer
AwardsPadma Shri (2001)

Sobha Naidu (1956 – 14 October 2020) was among the foremost Kuchipudi dancers of India and a disciple of the renowned master Vempati Chinna Satyam. She mastered the technique of Kuchipudi and began dancing lead roles in dance-dramas at a young age. She performed with her guru's troupe extensively, performing the roles of Satyabhama and Padmavati. Principal of Kuchipudi Art Academy, Hyderabad, Sobha Naidu imparted training to younger students over the past few years.[1] In 2010, the school celebrated the completion of 30 years.[1] She also choreographed several dance-dramas. She received the title of Nritya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras.

Early life

Sobha Naidu was born in Anakapalle, Anakapalli district, Andhra Pradesh state in 1956.[2] She earned a degree from Queen Mary's college.[3]

Regardless of family opposition, her mother Sarojini Devi had her tutored by P.L. Reddy at Rajamahendravaram. After which she trained under the legendary Sri Vempati Chinna Satyam.[3] She was an outstanding student of Vempati.[2]

Awards and achievements

With twelve years of rigorous practice, some of her best roles are her portraits of Sathyabhama, Padmavathi and Chandalika. She choreographed eighty solo numbers, fifteen ballets, and trained over 1500 students from India and overseas.[4]

Naidu was admired not just in the country, but all over the world. Organized by the TANA, she traveled across the USA to perform. She also represented India in various cultural events in like U.K., U.S.S.R., Syria, Turkey, Hong Kong, Baghdad, Kampuchea, and Bangkok. On behalf of the Indian government, Shobha Naidu led a cultural delegation to West Indies, Mexico, Venezuela, Tunis, and Cuba, followed by a visit to West Asia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "I explained it when I danced it". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Shobha Naidu Success Story". 29 January 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Personalities: Sobha Naidu". Andhra Portal. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Dancer with a difference". Deccan Herald. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.