Famous Kuchipudi dancer Shobha Naidu passed away at the age of 64. Shobha Naidu breathed her last on October 14 at half-past one in the night. Her husband retired IAS officer Arjun Rao, said she had been battling a neurological condition for a long time. She was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad.
Shobha Naidu’s main achievements included choreographing Vipranarayana, Kalyan Srinivasam and other dance dramas. Shobha Naidu has played the lead roles of Satyabhama, Dev Devaki, Padmavati, Mohini, Sai Baba and Goddess Parvati.
Shobha Naidu’s program was highly appreciated not only in the country but also abroad. She has performed in many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Venezuela, and Cuba. She has also given training to many students from India and abroad in his life. She was principal of the Kuchipudi Art Academy in Hyderabad where more than 1500 students are enrolled from India as well as abroad.
In 2001, She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by Indian Government. She has also won more awards which includes Nritya Choodamani award, Nitya Kala Siromani Award, Sangeet Natak Academy award, NT Rama Rao Award and many more.
Apart from Padma Shri, Shobha Naidu was also conferred with various honours by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and various reputed organizations. On her demise, the Chief Minister of Telangana. Chandrasekhar Rao mourned and paid tribute. The Chief Minister said that his roles of Satyabhama and Padmavati will always be remembered. He also consoled Naidu’s family. Apart from CM Rao, stars and fans of Shobha are also paying homage to him on social media.