Padmavani aka Vani, wife and disciple of Kishore Mosalikanti, was initiated into dance at a young age and has eventually grown to be a kuchipudi exponent. Though her initial training was in bharatanatyam, kuchipudi became her passion after she joined Kuchipudi Kala Kendra Mumbai in 1995 under the tutelage of M.S.R. Murty. She very soon mastered the basic nuances of the art form and became an important part of Kala Kendra’s troupe, giving group and solo performances.
Vani has has won critical acclaim for her apt portrayal of the role ‘Satyabhama’ in the traditional Kuchipudi dance ballet ‘Sri Krishna Parijatam’. As a part of Kishore’s ensemble she has performed in prestigious festivals in India like Ananya festival and New Choreography festival in Delhi, All India Dance festival by Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, Dhauli festival in Bhubaneshwar, International Dance Alliance in Chennai, and Natyanjali festival in Chidambaram.