**PASUMARTI VENUGOPALA KRISHNA SARMA - Bhagavatula Laxmi Narasimham**

**BHAGAVATULA LAXMI NARASIMHAM** Krishna Sarma is the last disciple of Chinta Venkatararamaiah, the doyen of Kuchipudi Yakshagana, having joined his tutelege when he was hardly six years old. Born on August 27, 1929, Sarma gave his first dance performance in 1938 during the Navarathri festival at the local Bala Tripurasundari Temple. Even at that young age, he was taught major parts of Bhamakalapam and Gollakalapam by his Guru. He became a close disciple of Chinta, who started initiating him into Yakshagana. His first role was in *Gaya Natakam* when it was performed in 1939. Along with Yakshaganas, he also started learning "Padabhinaya" under Vedantam Laxminarayana Sastry and was initiated into music under Yeleswarapu Seetharamanjaneyulu. He later got diplomas both in Carnatic music and Kuchipudi.

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