24th January, 2020
Stem Dance Kampni, Contemporary Kathak
Pooja Aakanksha Reddy, Kuchipudi
Warangal Fort, Warangal

STEM Dance Kampni is one of India’s best-recognized dance companies, known for its high standard, cutting edge and dynamic performances. It was founded by Madhu Nataraj to create a versatile dance vocabulary, which explores the limitless possibilities of the human form. Madhu Nataraj believes in the cross illumination between various fields combining contemporary and classical Kathak dances.

In “Sanjog”- Madhu Nataraj creates a unique mosaic imagery offering a glimpse into India’s culture and ethos via its rich dance heritage. Bringing together the classical dance, martial, folk and ritualistic forms and Flamenco from Spain, she gives a vibrant, wide spectrum of a living dance legacy.
“Kuchipudi Nrityaneerajanam” by Pooja Aakanksha Reddy, disciple of Smt. Deepika Reddy – is a joyous dance with brisk rhythmic movements and intricate footwork, in praise of the grace and beauty of the Kuchipudi art form.



Stem Dance Kampni

Contemporary Kathak

Pooja Aakanksha Reddy



Warangal Fort is recorded to have been built during the 12th century by the reigning king Ganapati Deva of the Kakatiya Dynasty. Warangal (called Orugalli in ancient times) was the capital of the Kakatiya Dynasty. A huge and opulent construction spread over a radius of 19kms, the fort is known more for its intricate stonework rather than its formidable fortifications. The fort has four ornamental gates, known as Kakatiya Kala Thoranam that originally formed the entrances to a now ruined Swayambhu Devalayam – a great Shiva temple. The gates are now a part of the Telangana State Emblem. The fort also houses another Shiva Temple called the Shambhulingeshwara Temple and Swayambhudevi Alayam (Temple of Mother Earth). The platform between the Nandi and Shambhulingeshwara Temple was used as a stage for artists (Nrityanganas) who danced to the tunes of musicians before the prayers began.
The fort was attacked numerous times by the Khiljis, the early rulers of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty and the Nizams.