INTERVIEWS

Puja Allepalli: Trained in two banis of Bharatanatyam
'Puja's recital was neat, with impressive footwork and good timing and one could see how much effort and rehearsals had gone into her joyous presentation.'
- narthaki.com, September 28, 2007


Beyond Boundaries
Excerpts from an Interview with Bharatanatyam Artiste Puja Allepalli and her Guru Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman by DD (Doordarshan), National TV India, 2007

Chennai Doordarshan Interview Part I

Chennai Doordarshan Interview Part II


In conversation with Padmasri Adyar Lakshman and Puja Allepalli - Denver
- Desishades.com, May 25, 2008 (pdf)


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REVIEWS

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Puja Allepalli's dance mesmerises audience - Nagpur
Dr. Pankaj Chande, Vice-Chancellor, Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University lauded Allepalli's presentation and compared her dancing to,'Chakshusha Yagna' of the highest spiritual order and culmination of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram.
- The Hitavada, April 3, 2015


Puja Allepalli- dedicated, sincere and controlled - Nehru Center, London, UK
'Neat as a pin, meticulous in her footwork and fully in control of her nritta, Puja Allepalli radiates a humility and sincerity to her art. From the first words she spoke on stage until the final mangalam, she hummed with an earnestness that endears an artiste to the audience. There were instances in her nritta that had amazing symmetry and showed off her beautiful araimandi.'
- narthaki.com, September 28, 2015


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FRCC Enriched By Indian Culture Through Bharatanatyam - Westminster, USA
'Sounds of foreign instruments beckoned the crowd into the visual performing art's gallery. Sparkling gold flooded the gallery as Puja Allepalli performed Bharatanatyam. It gave the audience a rare experience of sights and sounds through which they learned more about Indian Culture.'
- The Front Page, October 4, 2011


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Dance like a woman. Puja Allepalli proves her mettle - Visakhapatnam
'Thus Puja, leaving an impression as if figures in splendid dance postures from ancient sculptures came sequentially alive on the stage, adeptly with alacrity and acumen achieved a fine blend of aangika, mukkchcha and saatwikaabhinayas. No wonder she danced her way into the hearts of all.'
- The Hindu, March 13, 2009


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Bharatanatyam Recital at Ravindra Bharati - Hyderabad
'Dance for Krishna Ni Begane Baaro next, literally seemed to be a scientific transliteration of the emotional content in the lyrics into empathetic vocabulary of nrityabhinaya. Similar was the scintillating padasanchalanam in the nritta performing a thillana in Hamsanandi.'
- The Hindu, March 15, 2009


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Presented with élan. Picture of Poise, Puja Allepalli - Chennai
'Charming stage presence. With neat movements and sure footwork, Puja saw this popular opening item through with élan. The same attention to nritta carried into varnam with its sparkling jathis and crisp arudis. The emphasis on clarity in mudra and adavu that are part of guru Lakshmanan's style came through in her theermanams.'
- The Hindu, January 30, 2009


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'Dance your cares away' - Denver, USA
- Camera, June 22, 2008


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Passion and perseverance - Chennai
'This conscientious effort was plainly visible in Puja's recital for Natyarangam. It was there in the proper completion of steps, in the accurate timing, in the impressive footwork and in the mature portrayals. The brisk and well- rehearsed Nritta passages were impressive.'
- The Hindu, April 27, 2007


'Puja Allepalli's embodiment of this large array of dances at D.L. Parson's theatre was stunning, as was her stamina.'
- Don Alto, WorldDanceReviews.com, Thornton, USA, August 25, 2007


'Solo dance ballet Sita Kalyanam by Puja Allepalli was the highlight of the Thyagaraja day long festival. Her facial expressions and the wedding rituals were depicted wonderfully and she captivated the audience with her abhinaya'
- Desishades.com Rocky Mountain Thyagaraja Festival USA, 2006


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Festival adds international flair to Boulder - Boulder, USA
'Far from her native home of Nagpur, India, Puja Allepalli captured the attention of hundreds in the heart of Boulder, earning resonant ovation during Boulder's International Festival.'
- Daily Camera, June 13, 2005


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'Another Sensational Sunday: Puja Allepalii performs at a summer Sunday at the Brunner House.'
- Broomfield Enterprise, 2004


'Puja dazzled the audience in her Gopika Krishna Padam by the eloquence of her expressions.'
- Nav Rashtra, Nagpur, December 2003


'Puja bewitched the audience by her classic presentation of Bharatanatyam. Her dance created an atmosphere of quietude and serenity in the jam-packed IMA auditorium. She portrayed with elegance the form of Ardhanateshwar.'
- Lokmat News, Nagpur, December 2003


'Puja danced with perfection to the rhythmic beats of Nattuvangam showing mastery over footwork.'
- The Hitavada, Nagpur, December 2003


'Puja is one of our real cultural ambassadors. Her rendition of the program was overwhelming and flawless.'
- Dr. Rajani Rai (Former Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, India)


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